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Sport Fishing Generates Nearly 500 Million Dollars Annually in Costa Rica

Sport fishing tourism generates nearly 500 million dollars a year in Costa Rica or almost 13% of total tourism revenue. Published by AmPrensa.com March 11, 2019 Ana Yancy Aguilar Featured, Nationals The Costa Rican Sport Fishing Federation (FECOP) recently finalized a study that shows the social and economic contributions of  sport fishing in Costa Rica. [caption id="attachment_3733" align="alignleft" width="720"] Photo By Pat Ford[/captio...

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Explaining The Costa Rica Tuna Decree

Costa Rica Fishing Conservation: Why is the Costa Rica Tuna Decree so Important? There is nothing like enjoying a fresh yellowfin tuna sushi, sashimi, or even a big fat juicy fresh tuna steak when your arms are almost too tired to lift the chopsticks. Recreational anglers are catching more tuna than ever all along the Costa Rican Pacific seaboard. Fighting yellowfin tuna on rod and reel is like having your line attached to a freight train. The incr...

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Sailfish – The Evolution of The Hero Shot

Saifish -The evolution of the Hero Shot Written for the Tico Times by Todd Staley February 28, 2019 A picture recently sent to Todd Staley showing people still taking hero shots. (Photo courtesy of Todd Staley) Did you know the sailfish picture above is now illegal in Costa Rica? Ten years ago a regulation made it illegal for the sport fishing sector to take a billfish, sailfish and marlin, out of the water for a “her...

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Orcas Spotted In Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula

Anglers catch some great Orca Video this week just outside of Cabo Matapalo Video taken 2/28/2019 outside of Cabo Matapalo, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica More information about Orcas from Costa Rica Journeys Common Name: Orca, Killer Whale Type: Mammal Family: Delphinidae [video width="576" height="320" mp4="http://fishcostarica.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/53666689_693216094426358_2700172255449748745_n.mp4"][/video] Range: Killer w...

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Flying Fish – A Bird in the Hand

Flying Fish Crash Lands in Boat Photo From Fathomlesslife This guy flew inside the boat and knocked himself out!! After a quick photo and regaining consciousness he was back on his way! 😍🐟 FACTS: The Flight Process The process of taking flight, or gliding, begins by gaining great velocity underwater, about 37 miles (60 kilometers) per hour. Angling upward, the four-winged flying fish breaks the surface and begins to t...

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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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