Programa Restoracion de Tortugas Marinas (Pretoma)

1203-1100 Tibás, SJ,
Costa Rica

Ansprechpartner: Mariano Castro, Randall Arauz

+506 241 5227
+506 236 6017


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Über uns

Programa Restoracion de Tortugas Marinas (PRETOMA) is a Costa Rican non-profit NGO founded in 1997. We are a marine conservation and research organization working to protect ocean resources and promote sustainable fisheries policies in Costa Rica and Central America.

We direct our efforts in the following categories:
• Direct in the field conservation projects
• Research and outreach onboard commercial fishing vessels
• Public awareness and education
• Litigation and policy advocacy

Specific activities:
• We have conducted a public campaign against shark finning in Costa Rica including gathering 80,000 petitions urging the government to ban this practice.
• We constantly gather and publish data on sharks and sea turtles including in satellite tagging studies as well as studies on capture of these species in the national longline and shrimp fishing fleets.
• We have ongoing outreach programs with the commercial fishery sector to introduce practices and devices (e.g., TEDs and "de-hookers") which mitigate impacts on non-target species.
• We maintain direct conservation projects to protect sea turtles and their nests on beaches on the Pacific coast (over 170,000 sea turtle hatchlings protected).
• We conduct year round public awareness marine conservation campaigns as well as education programs in schools, high schools and universities.
• We work directly with the Ministry of Environment and the Costa Rican Congress and regularly file lawsuits against government agencies such as the Fisheries Institute and Customs Department when policies promote unsustainable exploitation of marine resources.

Randall Arauz is the President of PRETOMA.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.