MarViva Foundation, created in 2002, is a regional, non-governmental, non-profit organization. Our mission in to promote the conservation and sustainable use of coastal and marine resources in the Eastern Tropical Pacific, with vision of healthy and biodiverse oceans in benefit of the present and future generations.
The Atlas of the Thermal Domo of Costa Rica is a step further from the experience of the MarViva Foundation to raise awareness of the Dome and its relevance.
MarViva has raised awareness about the ocean, it’s seascapes, and resources being essential to our wellness and sustainability, for which they require greater protection and responsible, innovative, and constant management.
In collaboration with authorities and civil society organizations, MarViva has demonstrated that it is possible to use the ocean, while protecting its enormous richness and guaranteeing food security and sources of income for coastal communities and industries.
This guide emerges as an initiative of MarViva, in partnership with sport fishing captains and has the support of the government of Panama through the Tourism Authority of Panama (ATP), in addition to several non-governmental organizations of the formal sector of sport fishing and those related to the sustainable use of non-renewable natural resources in marine spaces.
This guide is an inter-institutional contribution that seeks to promote good practices for diving and snorkeling with sharks and rays in Panama, in order to ensure that sustainable tourism activities integrate environmental considerations that facilitate the positive interaction of people with these marine species and thus enjoy their long-term benefits.
Illegal fishing is a present global problem, and the Southeast Pacific of our continent is no exception. Illegal fishing damages marine ecosystems, depletes fish stocks and threatens the food security of countries. The food of millions of people depends on the success we can achieve in combating illegal fishing.
The Thermal Dome of Costa Rica (the Dome) is an extensive marine region in the Eastern Tropical Pacific (ETP), off the west coast of Central America. Currents and winds cause nutrient rich cold waters from deep zones to draw near the surface generating a high primary productivity, which maintains a dynamic food web in the surrounding area.
MarViva is a regional, non-pro t organization, with mission to impulse the conservation and sustainable use of marine and coastal ecosystems in the Eastern Tropical Paci c, envisioning a biodiverse and healthy ocean in bene t of present and future generations.
In Latin America and the Caribbean, it is more common to hear about land-based management than coastal and marine zone management. However, in recent years, over-exploitation, pollution, increased marine traffic and the development of coastal infrastructure have had devastating effects on coastal and marine resources, necessitating the implementation of marine spatial planning policies in our countries.
Our oceans currently suffer from overfishing, putting the stability of marine ecosystems and the natural foundation of this important economic activity at risk. Nearly 900 million people in the world depend on fish as their main source of protein. Fishing generates nearly 200 million employments, thereby its sustainability is of great socioeconomic importance.