Ilena Zanella has a Masters in wildlife conservation and management and has been working on fishery research projects in Costa Rica for over 10 years. In 2010, she started a project to identify and protect hammerhead shark nursery grounds with the support of Conservation International. Her data has been used to direct shark management in Costa Rica. Ilena coordinates and conducts field research in Golfo Dulce, Isla del Coco and Islas Murcielagos. She also spearheads community outreach with local fisherman and nearby schools. She is a founder of Misión Tiburón, a Costa Rican recognized nonprofit that promotes the research, management and conservation of sharks and marine life.
Mision Tiburon Conservationist Association is a Costa Rican recognized nonprofit NGO. Ourgoal is to promote research, management and conservation of sharks and marine life in our oceans.
Promote conservation and responsible use of marine resources, particularly of sharks, through the development of integrated projects of marine education and scientific research, especially in Costa Ricans coastal communities. In our effort, we hope to be firm to our ideals, always respecting the environmental and human welfare.