Oil Spill in Bocas del Toro

Petroterminal de Panamá spilled crude oil while unloading the Neptune Moon ship in Bocas del Toro on Sunday. The company deployed its contingency plan, stopping operations and setting up a containment barrier. A subsequent inspection by the Panama Maritime Authority, Panama Aquatic Resources Authority, Ministry of the Environment and Petroterminal staff indicated that the coast was…
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Panama Enters Indefinite Quarantine

Just a day after announcing an expanded curfew, Panama implemented a complete and indefinite quarantine to contain the spread of the coronavirus. People will be allowed out to gather food and medical supplies for staggered two-hour periods as determined by the last digit of their identity cards or passports. Seniors and people with disabilities have…
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Government Expands Curfew

Panama expanded its country-wide curfew from 5 pm to 5 am, toughening measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Exempt from the restriction are public forces, emergency, Ministry of Health, Social Security Fund, Fire Department, Civil Protection Service, Authority of Consumer Protection and Competition Defense, Institute of Aqueducts and Sewers, Waste Authority, Sume-911 and…
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Moana Heads to Puerto Rico

Moana, a baby manatee rescued in Panama, flew to Puerto Rico for rehabilitation Saturday. Ministry of Environment personnel found her undernourished and alone off the coast of San Lorenzo, Colon earlier this month. She was nursed back to traveling condition and put on a private plane, wrapped in wet blankets and towels. Her home for…
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$11 Million Fund Gives Marea Verde Money to Clean up Panama River

Panama’s Marea Verde foundation is the first of of nine organizations to receive funding from a total of $11 million to prevent plastic waste from entering the world’s rivers and oceans The funding – awarded through a partnership between The Coca-Cola Foundation and the Benioff Ocean Initiative at the University of California Santa Barbara’s Marine Science…

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Sewage Sludge for Nurseries

Dehydrated sludge from the Juan Diaz wastewater treatment plant will be used as a fertilizer for future reforestation. The Ministry of Environment announced a pilot project that will begin in its own nursery in Chilibre, indicating that the wastewater plant produces between 70 and 80 tons of sewage sludge daily. The solid, semisolid or slurry…

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Tournament Goes After Invasive Lionfish

Fishermen took to the Atlantic ocean this weekend to hunt the voracious lionfish during the annual Lionfish Capture Tournament in Portobelo, Colon. A native of the Indo-Pacific, the members of the species, also known as Pterois volitans, started showing up off the Florida coast in the mid-1980s. Ground zero is often erroneously attributed to an…

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ACP Reforests 160 Acres in Azuero

The Panama Canal Authority, also known as the ACP, reforested over 160 acres on the Azuero Peninsula. Assigned by the Ministry of Environment to replant the La Villa river basin, the project is compensation for building the third bridge over the Panama Canal. As part of the Panama Canal expansion, the ACP had already reforested…

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Canal Caps Speed to Protect Cetaceans

The Panama Canal has set a 10 knot speed limit for maritime transit in specified areas from August to November to protect cetaceans like whales and dolphins during their seasonal migration. Panama has monitored this seasonal speed reduction since late 2014 when traffic separation devices were installed at the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean entry…

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