Commericial Tuna Boat

Can a Fish Bring a Country Together

Three Billboards Outside San José, Costa Rica: Can fish bring a country together? By Todd Staley for the Tico Times November 14, 2018 A tuna-fishing boat launching speed boats. (Courtesy FECOP) If you are driving from Juan Santamaría International Airport toward San José, you will pass two sets of billboards. Lette...

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Costa Rica offshore fishing

The Science of Offshore Fishing

Effective management of offshore fisheries helps pelagic species become hard-fighting machines By Jason Schratwieser, Conservation Director, IGFA December 19, 2017 published by Marlin Magazine Our favorite offshore species are some of the world’s most supremely engineered fish. We should do what we can to protect them. ...

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Three Billboards Warn of Illegal Fi

Three Billboards Outside San José, Costa Rica: Can a fish bring a country together Published by Sport Fishing Magazine Online Edition     These billboards, modeled after the movie Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, now appear prominently along the highway connecting Costa Rica’s capital, San...

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Costa Rica Roosterfish Tournament

1st Roosterfish Tournament Nears

Costa Rica's Famous Roosterfish Finally Gets its' Own Tournament! Costa Rica's 1st International Tournament Set to Kickoff November 16th, 2018 ( Enter Here ) at Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica's South Pacific. Costa Rica really hit the jackpot when it comes to sportfishing. From the river mouths to the bluewaters and way inland, the countr...

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Deep Jigging in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Fishing - Deep Jigging Costa Rica Oddities Article from Florida Fishing Weekly "Jigging the depths of Costa Rica's Golfo Dulce brings returns of grouper, snapper, African pompano…as well as a host of other strange-looking fish. Better yet, it’s within sight of shore" This is the time of year the rain forest shows its stuff on Costa ...

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High Tech Albatross

Curbing Illegal Fishing With High T

Tech-tagged albatrosses bode ill for rogue trawlers as French Navy battles illegal fishing Published by https://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Mariners of old believed that an albatross following their ship signified good luck, but fishermen illegally trawling the Indian Ocean now have cause to be wary of the majestic seabirds...

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How to Catch Cubera Snapper in Cost

If there are rocks, there are snapper, and that pretty much describes the entire Pacific coast of Costa Rica Article from Florida Fishing Weekly by Todd Staley "Rocks and big poppers equals aggressive cubera snapper in Costa Rica" This particular reef has a peak that rises an additional 40 feet. Today it was something unusual. In the clear water...

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Costa Rica Roosterish

Costa Rica Fishing Species –

FECOP Sport Fishing Species - Roosterfish Experience the thrill of the roosterfish, one the worlds most extreme fighting fish (pound for pound) in Costa Rica's inshore waters (catch and release species) Unlike  pelagic species, roosterfish are found inshore and can be targeted year round in Costa Rica. Roosterfish average 10-15 lbs but individual...

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Costa Rica Roosterfish

Costa Rica Roosterfish – A Fi

Costa Rica Roosterfish - One of Costa Rica's Most Sought After Inshore Fish - Catch and Release only Written by Todd Staley for the Tico Times Super Bowl placekicker Adam Vinatieri shows not all roosterfish are monsters. Most visiting anglers come to this country with either marlin, sailfish, or tarpon on their bucket list. These are all...

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Costa Rica Fishing Illegal

10 Steps to Reduce Illegal Fishing

Ten Principles for Global Transparency in the Fishing Industry Out of the Shadows: Improving Transparency in Global Fisheriesfrom Environmental Justice Foundation By MarEx 2018-10-27 18:36:02 The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) has published its 10 principles for global transparency in the fishing industry in a new report. EJF’...

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Costa Rica Fishing Species –

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 (billf...

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FECOP Featured On Channel 7 –

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 vi...

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Costa Rica Marlin Fishing

Costa Rica Fishing Species –

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 yea...

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tuna for ticos

Stop Illegal Fishing, Sign the Peti

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 ...

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Costa Rica Snook Fishing

Meet The Snook King of Costa Rica&#

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. He ...

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Costa Rica Fishing Species –

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 Sn...

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TOP 10 COOL FACTS ABOUT TARPON

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 sal...

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The King - Silverking Tarpon

Costa Rica Fishing Species –

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...

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This Fish Can Live Over 60 Years

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 World Record The all-tackle world record tarpon stands at a monstrous 286lbs 9oz. It was caught by Max Domecq off Guinea-Bis...

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3 Costa Rican Teams to Participate

Three Costa Rican teams will participate in the Black Bass World Tournament, in Nuevo León, Mexico from October 29 to November 4. Black-bass is a well-known fish in the sport fishing sector. Its scientific name is Micropterus salmoides and is popularly known as perch, blasblas or - in Costa Rica - black bass. The 3 teams are represented by the...

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Help Stop Illegal Fishing – Sign the Petition

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Stop Illegal Fishing in Costa Rica - Tuna for Ticos

Please Sign Our Petition Against Illegal Fishing in Costa Rica

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. A FECOP study in 2013 showed that Costa Rica tuna was being overexploited and the country was only benefiting $37 a ton from tuna captured here. FECOP presented a project “Tuna for Ticos” to President Laura Chinchilla and she signed the “tuna decree” at the tail end of her administration moving tuna seiners a total of 45 miles from the coast and protecting areas around sea mounts and Cocos Island. A total of 200,000 square kilometers of territorial was labeled for protection.

Dear Representatives,

Presidency of the Republic
Legislative Assembly Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock
National Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Ministry of Environment and Energy
Vice Ministry of Water and Seas
National Coast Guard Service

The situation of illegal fishing that is happening in our country is a serious problem that affects our marine resources, the national economy and that of our communities. It is for this reason that through this petition we request better controls and effective surveillance for foreign tuna fleets. Better penalization mechanisms for those who break the law of our country and exploit our resources indiscriminately. As well as support and prioritization for national fleets in the consolidation of sustainable tuna fishing in our territorial waters.
I support this request by registering my information on this petition.

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