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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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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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Why Costa Rica is the Perfect Desti

Why Costa Rica is a great place to take the kids fishing The little Cessna rolled to a stop on the airstrip at Barra del Colorado. Out stepped a man and a young boy around 10 years old. “Welcome to Rio Colorado Bob”, I said. With a stern look he replied, “I prefer to be referred to as Dr. So and So.” I fed them breakfast and sent them out fi...

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Costa Rica Fishing Species –

Costa Rica Indo-Pacific Sailfish   From IGFA Fish Database Shaw & Nodder, 1791); ISTIOPHORIDAE FAMILY; also called spindlebeack, bayonetfish An Excerpt from Costa Rica Sailfish for Dummies by Todd Staley Communications Director, FECOP The lifetime of a sailfish varies from 4 to 10 years. Most of the juveniles spend their first fe...

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small dorado baby

The Fastest Growing Fish in The Oce

Dorado: The Fastest Growing  Fish in the Oceans Dorado, Mahi or Dolphinfish, are some of the fastest growing and swimming fish in the oceans. Dorado can spawn every two to three days at the early age of four to five months old. A female releases an average of 50,000 eggs each time they spawn. dordado can grow to an estimated 0.5 to 1.0 inch i...

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Dorado fishing

Costa Rica Fishing Species –

Costa Rica Fishing Species - Dorado When to Catch Dorado in Costa Rica – November through January and occasionally in February – averaging 20 to 40 lbs. Dorado can be taken year round but not in the same numbers as the months listed above. From the IGFA Database Linnaeus, 1758; CORYPHAENIDAE FAMILY; also called dolphin, mahi mahi, dorad...

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Top 10 Fastest Fish in the Ocean

Costa Rica Fishing - The 10 fastest fish in the Ocean Most of these species frequent the offshore waters of Costa Rica. Which speedster ranks number 1? Watch the video to find out! Top 10 Worlds Fastest Ocean Fish Video Unfortunately several of these Top 10 Fastest Fish in the Ocean are become endangered due to non-sustainable industrial level...

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Costa RIca Sailfish worth more alive than dead

Do I Need a Fishing License in Cost

Do I Need to Purchase a Fishing License Before my Costa Rica Fishing Trip? Every person in your group who will be fishing in Costa Rica will require a government issued (INCOPESCA) fishing license. If you have reserved your fishing trip/vacation through a Costa Rica fishing lodge or resort, be sure to check and see if your license(s) are incuded i...

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Official Video – FECOP Costa

 About FECOP - (NGO) More than 60,000 direct and indirect jobs, as well as a contribution of 330 million dollars to Costa Rica’s gross domestic product, are among the benefits obtained from this activity. In addition to this information recognized and produced by different sources, sport fishing has other less visible impacts and benefits. It r...

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Tuna Persein Commerical Fishing Dolphins

Costa Rica Spinner Dolphins

FECOP Species: Costa Rica Spinner Dolphins The spinner dolphin gets its name from its habit of leaping from the water and spinning rapidly before landing with a splash. Sometimes, individuals will leap repeatedly, as many as ten times in a row. This species lives in the open ocean and often associates with other species of dolphins and with ...

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FECOP Tips – How to Handle Sa

How to Responsibly Handle  Sailfish and Marlin in Costa Rica (Based on sailfish and marlin scientific research) Do not remove the sailfish or marlin from the water, even for a picture. (Removal from water reduces survival rates by 60‐80% and it is illegal in Costa Rica) Use Use circle hooks (It's the law in Costa Rica). The fish is usually...

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How to measure a billfish

How to Safely Estimate the Size of

How Do I Estimate the Size of my Billfish? Estimating the weight of the fish or by measuring the fish when it is in, or alongside the boat or in the boat. If the fish is up to 3 Ft. in length it may be carefully brought on board and measured using a standard measuring tape. However, large fish should remain in the water. If you estimate the si...

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Costa Rica’s Marine Resources

Reader Not Fond of ‘Torturing Fish’ — but Sport Fishing in Costa Rica isn’t The Problem By Todd Staley from the Tico Times - Sport Fishing in Costa Rica I started doing the fishing column for The Tico in Costa Rica Times years ago when it still had a print edition. Four years ago I went over the side of the aptly named Cerro de la Muerte, or Mo...

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Costa Rica Fishing Illegal

Costa Rica is Giving Away its Fishi

Costa Rica’s Fishing Laws Allow International Fleets to Capture 95 percent of the Tuna Caught Within Costa Rican Waters Costa Rica’s laws allow international fleets to capture 95 percent of the tuna caught within Costa Rican waters, researchers from the National University (UNA) announced. The figure is part of the research for a new book calle...

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Costa Rica Roosterfish Fishing Tournament

Roosterfish Tournament in Costa Ric

1st International Roosterfish Tournament in Costa Rica November 16 - 19, 2018 at Crocodile Bay Resort, Costa Rica   FOR COMPLETE ENTRY FORM, RULES AND ITINERARY IN PDF CLICK HERE Entry Fee for United States Citizens is $1500 per person (including boat and lodging) and 100% Tax Deductible The Pan American Sportfishing Confederation, ...

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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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