Facilitated a program with INA (Instututo Nacional de Aprendezaje), a government sponsored tech school in Costa Rica, designed to teach commercial fishermen selective fishing practices such as the use of green stick for tuna fishing as well as INCOPESCA a government fisheries organization. Teaching implementation of fishing with Greenstick and vertical line to promote the selective capture of yellow fin tuna and to verify the effectiveness of these practices, benefiting the fleet of commercial fisherman and thus decreasing bycatch of billfish and other species. FECOP has invested more than $100,000 dollars in this project looking to help commercial fleets use a method to catch tuna with almost zero bycatch.
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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.
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.
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