In 2010 an important feeding area for sea turtles was discovered in the Golfo Dulce, Costa Rica. The area hosts large number of hawksbill and green turtles.
As a result of the initial discoveries, a project using tangle-nets to catch and monitor sea turtles was started. The turtles are tagged and measured to estimate population size and growth rates. The project has built a rescue center for sick and injured turtles, which are nursed back to health and returned to their natural habitat. The project also promotes the recovery of the coastal marine habitats that these turtles are using, primarily mangroves, and leads mangrove reforestation efforts. Local education and socio-economic improvements in the Golfo Dulce region are being developed through the establishment of a volunteer program that offers new economic alternatives in an area deprived of employment opportunities.