Conservation activities in Refugio Nacional De Fauna Silvestre Ostional
Since 1997 Programa Restauracíon de Tortugas Marinas has collaborated with locals to monitor turtle-nesting activity and operate hatcheries. Members of the community are hired as field assistants, and environmental education activities are held with the children in town. The project also involves tagging, measuring and protecting nesting turtles, which has resulted in a drastic reduction in poaching levels.
At the time of writing, Pretoma was operating projects in Playa Caletas, Playa San Miguel, Playa Corozalito (on the central Pacific coast) and Punta Banco, near the border with Panama. For more information on volunteering, visit the website.