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Sea Shepherd Costa Rica recently designated 30 new “Ambassadors of the Environment,” who have pledged their support for ocean protection initiatives. The society’s volunteer-run Goodwill Campaign for the Pacific culminated its 2017 season with a special Marine Environmental Education Program for children at the Riojalandia School in Puntarenas.

The young pupils participated in a painting contest to express what they have learned about the importance of protecting marine life. Puntarenas is a coastal province located on Costa Rica’s Pacific side, with a strong fishing vocation and a valuable marine biodiversity.

On Oct. 24, Sea Shepherd awarded certificates to 30 students who earned “Ambassadors of the Environment” accreditation. These certificates also reflect a commitment from the youths to become advocates for marine life and the environment, and to pass on their knowledge to others: family, companions and friends.

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