Oceans Unlimited works hard to conserve and educate all of our divers in the conservation and protection of the oceans and our environment. We are actively involved in a number of projects throughout the year around the local area. If you have an interest in supporting us or joining in please just let us know.
For 4 years, Oceans Unlimited was been recognized by Project AWARE for our support and protection of the marine environment and received an Environmental Achievement Award. We were much honored to receive these awards and are continuing to grow our environmental projects this year.
Coastal and “Dive for Debris” clean up days
Oceans Unlimited organizes regular clean up days, welcoming local and foreign volunteers. The Quepos Port is used by local fishermen, sport fishing boats, tour operators and cruise boats, and because of this heavy traffic marine debris has been a problem. We are trying to find a solution by increasing awareness in the local community and have donated signs to the port for trash management as well as the regular cleanups. We have many local divers taking part and visitors are always welcome, please contact us for more details.
Coral Reef Monitoring Program- Coral Watch
New research indicates more than half the world’s coral reefs are at risk with human activities and climate change taking blame. CoralWatch is a simple method to assess and monitor coral reef health with respect to coral bleaching. The CoralWatch method uses a Coral Health Chart with a series of colors that volunteers match with coral color to determine different stages of coral bleaching. Help us at Oceans Unlimited monitor coral health in Manuel Antonio, and support this world-wide coral project, please contact us for for more details.
Billfish Research Project
The Billfish Research Project was founded in 2011 by Jamie Walker and Kerwin Steffen, the owners of Frenzy Sportfishing based in Quepos, Costa Rica. Jamie and Kerwin have fished the waters off Quepos for many years and have often wondered where the billfish migrate to when they are not thick off of Quepos. To answer this question they have put together a team consisting of scientists from the University of South Carolina’s world renowned Baruch Institute, initiated a research project off of Quepos, Costa Rica using solar powered pop up satellite tags and are actively seeking other research project opportunities. Oceans Unlimited with Go Pro Costa Rica actively participates in these tagging projects, looking at sailfish behavior on being released and movements.
REEF Environmental Education & Workshops
Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists. As a REEF field station we regularly run fish identification surveys and workshops. If you would like to incorporate a reef fish survey into your dive we can arrange that for you.
Shark Education – Stop Shark Finning and Save our Sharks
We are running Shark Education workshops to help educate about global depletion in shark populations through uncontrolled fishing practises. We look at fishing methods including longlining and shark finning and affect on a global level and how this impacts us in Costa Rica.