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Caño Tiburones is Puerto Rico's largest wetland, comprising 7,000 acres between the municipalities of Arecibo and Barceloneta. It has been recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) and a Habitat of Greatest Conservation Need (HGCN). Despite the wetland's extension, only 3,805 acres have been designated as a Natural Protected Area by the Puerto Rican Government. SOPI has taken this claim to the Puerto Rican Government through a legal process, and continues its efforts to achieve full delineation and protected status for this invaluable natural resource.