Golfito Marina Village & Resort, a new 40-acre development and blue-flag marina that is being built in the ocean-side town of Golfito, Costa Rica, has announced a partnership with The International Seakeepers Society, a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on the health of the world’s oceans and climate.
The marina is under construction and will be nearing completion in the third week of February and ready to accommodate yachts shortly thereafter. The marina already has advanced reservations in place for the first week of March, with many more in position through spring. The 81.7m fuel dock is expected be open and available for dockage by the end of February, along with the 210.3m main pier and 52 other slips - ranging in size from 12.2m to 45.7m. There is currently a 304.8m commercial pier that is close to the property and available for use.
The International Seakeepers Society will have an onsite presence at the development’s property in Golfito. Golfito Marina Village & Resort will provide shipment of a SeaKeepers ‘wet lab’ container to Golfito in the coming weeks from the SeaKeepers headquarters in Miami.
Once in place, a team of researchers and scientists from the University of Florida will begin using the lab for biodiversity research. The studies undertaken will include sampling small marine species and sequencing DNA genomes, for which the key findings will be collected for pharmaceutical requirements.
“This part of the world is a rare jewel. It is rich in diversity and teeming with species and microorganisms to be studied,” commented Richard Snow, President & CEO of The International SeaKeepers Society. “To have full access to not only the distinctive ecological surroundings of Golfito Marina Village and Resort, but to be able to travel to the nearby Galapagos Islands and Pacific Ocean will be an invaluable asset to our research teams, moving forward”, he continued.