Last May, Costa Rican environmentalist Jairo Mora Sandoval was murdered while attempting to protect leatherback turtle nests on the beach. A year later, with this year's leatherback nesting period looming, environmentalists are concerned that the beach will return to a state of danger.
The Tico Times, a Costa Rican newspaper, asked the Environmental Ministry about plans for this year's nesting period, and whether they will provide regular protection on the beach itself. "We don't have any plans to do that," replied a representative, instead noting that a few organizations, like the Coast Guard and Education Ministry, will provide sporadic sweeps.
Environmentalists say the Environmental Ministry needs to dedicate federal enforcement to patrol the beach, and that without intensive, regular protection, the turtles will be in danger. "This problem will not be solved until they send members of the government to protect the turtles," said Didiher Chacón, Costa Rica's director for the Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Network.