Ten Principles for Global Transparency in the Fishing Industry
The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has published its 10 principles for global transparency in the fishing industry in a new report.
EJF’s report and film asserts that the global fishing industry suffers from a shocking lack of transparency, allowing illegal operators to create as much confusion as possible around their identities; escaping detection by changing vessel names; concealing ownership; flying different flags to avoid detection; or removing ships from registers entirely.… Read More
Costa Rica Fish Species
Meet the Yellowfin
One of FECOP’s primary initiatives is to reduce “bycatch” resulting (most often times) from illegal, non-sustainable, tuna fishing operations in Costa Rica’s Pacific ocean. The aftermath of this illegal activity includes the death of non-targeted species such as sailfish, marlin (billfish), dolphins, sea-turtles, and the destruction fragile marine ecosystems. Learn more about our current initiatives Tuna for Ticos, and The Costa Rica Tuna Decree
FECOP’s Tuna for Ticos Campaign Against Illegal Fishing Featured Today on Channel 7 News
Watch the Video Below to see the impact of illegal fishing first hand
FECOP’s Tuna for Ticos Campaign which is aimed at stopping illegal fishing in Costa Rica was featured today on Channel 7 News Teletica. We hope you’ll watch the following clips depicting video of the impact some of these non-sustainable practices have on Costa Rica’s precious marine resources.… Read More
FECOP Costa Rica Fishing Species
Pacific Blue Marlin
WHERE FOUND IN COSTA RICA: Marlin can be found all along Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast. They are a pelagic and migratory species which means they live near the surface in deep, off-shore waters. They typically are found in warmer tropical waters between 70-85 degrees, which Costa Rica has year round.
Marlin Time in Costa Rica: Marlin can be and have been caught year round in Costa Rica.… Read More
Help FECOP Fight Illegal, Non-Sustainable Fishing in Costa Rica – Sign the Petition – Tuna for Ticos
It is estimated that up to 26% of tuna taken in Costa Rican territorial waters by foreign tuna purse seiners is unreported, taken illegally, never makes it to a Costa Rican port, and doesn’t benefit Costa Rica in any manner.
The tuna issue in Costa Rica is not new.… Read More
FECOP Featured Sport Fishing Captain:
Roy Zapata – Snook King of Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast
Published for the Tico Times by Todd Staley
Roy Zapata thinks like a fish. A really big fish. A big snook in fact. He has guided anglers to several world record snook over 50 lbs, the largest was Ward Michaels’s 60 lb fish, caught in March of 2014.… Read More
FECOP Costa Rica Fishing Species – Snook
Costa Rica Snook Facts
- There are 6 varieties of Snook in Costa Rica with Black Snook having the genetic predisposition to grow the largest.
- The most recent snook world record was a Black Snook out of Costa Rica. Read about the Captain who’s boat landed the world record Snook here.
- The common Snook is a voracious predator and an amazing fighter.
FECOP Top Ten Tarpon Fun Facts
Yes, fish in general are very cool, but some fish take the “cool factor” to a whole new level. Meet the Tarpon. We think you’ll agree that this is one of the most interesting fish in the sea.
- There are nearly 28,000 different fish, but only two species of tarpon.
- Tarpon can survive in both salt and fresh water being found in Lake Nicaragua and other fresh water habitats
- They may shed up to 12 million eggs.
Costa Rica Fishing Species: Tarpon
Can I catch Tarpon in Costa Rica?
Yes, Costa Rica boasts some of the best tarpon fishing in the world, and they can be targeted year round. Historically the best tarpon fishing in Costa Rica is October and November.
Region: Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast
From the IGFA Fish Database:
Valenciennes, 1846; MEGALOPIDAE FAMILY; also called silver king, cuffum
Occurs in warm temperate tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean.… Read More
FECOP Fish Facts – Tarpon
Top 5 Cool Facts About Tarpon
Costa Rica Stomping Grounds
Caribbean side, Pacific Coast of Costa Rica (rarely),can live in both fresh and saltwater and have even been found in Lake Nicaragua
The all-tackle world record tarpon stands at a monstrous 286lbs 9oz. It was caught by Max Domecq off Guinea-Bissau in Africa on March 20, 2003.… Read More