Sea Shepherd plans new campaign in Jacó

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says it will launch a campaign in Florida Aug. 15 to protect green, loggerhead, and leatherback sea turtles.

From Sept. 1 to Dec. 1, the campaign will move to Costa Rica where campaign volunteers will work in Jacó to protect primarily olive ridley and green sea turtles, said Sea Shepherd, adding that police are teaming up with volunteers to protect nesting females and nests from poachers. Nests will be relocated to a hatchery run by the local police force, the organization said.

The campaign is called Operation Jairo II in honor of  Jairo Mora Sandoval, a Costa Rican turtle defender who was murdered May 31, 2013, in Moín while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests, said the organization.

The campaign was announced today, which is World Oceans Day.

The organization said that Operation Jairo II, will span three countries including the United States, Honduras and Costa Rica. The launch comes on the heels of Sea Shepherd’s announcement of its first full-length feature film, “Why Just One?,” chronicling the organization’s successful 2015 Operation Jairo campaign, it said.

The crowd-funded documentary “Why Just One?” raised its goal of $18,000 in one day to complete the production, the organization added.

The Honduras campaign will be held in Utila from Aug. 1 to Nov. 1, where Sea Shepherd volunteers will protect hawksbill, green, and loggerhead sea turtles.

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