We have a multitude of projects that all fit together like a jigsaw puzzle! Our projects engage participants with hands-on place-based learning through data collection aimed towards conservation.
Marine life census data is collected through roving fish surveys, Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS), and laser photogrammetry units.
We are also collecting data on vessels and user groups of the waters surrounding the Las Catalinas Islands.
Costa Rican manta ray ID photos are sought out and compiled into a database to track individuals
We have 5 place-based learning excursions to engage participants of all ages.
Source to Sea
Open Ocean Explorer
Citizen Scientists are welcome to join us for data collection excursions on any of our projects!
Photo ID database of Oceanic Manta Rays
We are Costa Rica's regional liaison for MantaTrust, who focuses on conservation through research, education, and collaboration. Oceanic Mantas have unique markings on their abdomen that allow us identify and track individuals! We collect Manta photos and videos from dive centers up and down Costa Rica's Pacific Coast to populate the database we house and update. These images are all compiled and organized so we can identify new mantas as well as re-sightings! These sightings are currently being compared to databases in Ecuador and Peru.
Marine Life Census
We are tracking the life around the Las Catalinas Islands because species found and absent can gives us valuable insight into the overall health of the ecosystem. A balanced ecosystem has many levels of predators, prey, and primary producers. This data will allow us to evaluate health, track changes, and design protection strategies.
Laser Photogrammetry Measurements
Our Laser Photogrammetry Units are designed by our partners at Ocean First Institute. The mounted Go-Pro records footage while the two laser dots provide an accurate frame of reference for post-production measurement. This method of measurement is easy-to-use, produces accurate results, and is non-invasive! We currently use this tool to measure sharks, turtles, and rays.
Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations
Baited Remote Underwater Video Stations (BRUVS) are used to see which predators are present in an area. The camera is focused on the bait and records any fish that are drawn in to investigate. Back in the lab, we review the footage and tally up the fish by species in the video.