New Fishing Law Becomes Official

April 29, 2005

AFTER environmental organizationsstruggled for more than 10 years to fill thevoid in Costa Rica’s fishing legislation,the new Fishing and Aquaculture Lawbecame official this week, the nonprofitmarine-conservation organizationMarViva announced.The new law, published Monday inthe official government newspaper LaGaceta, promotes responsible and sustainablefishing.The legislation prohibits sharkfinning, the highly lucrative but unsustainablepractice of cutting off shark’s finsand throwing their bodies back to sea, aswell as dolphin and whale hunting andsportsfishing in national parks, naturalmonuments and biological reserves,Marviva said in a statement.The new fishing law also prohibitspelagic longlining and the use of commercialhook fishing lines.“One of the novelties of this newfishing law is that it establishes 18 sanctions,including fines, jail time andrestrictions on vessels that fail to paytheir fines,” said MarViva legal advisorMaría Virginia Callao.The Costa Rican Fishery Institute(INCOPESCA) now has 90 days to producea set of regulations for the law –required to put it into effect, according tothe statement.The Fishing and Aquaculture Law wasapproved unanimously by 48 legislatorsDec. 16, 2004, and approved in seconddebate by the Legislative Assembly inFebruary (TT, Feb. 18).

Facebook Comments

You may be interested

Uncategorized
123 views

Our Southern Zone Deep Dive is underway!

Katherine Stanley - March 26, 2019

Our editorial team is making its first trip of the year – what we hope will be the first of many –…

Safe travels in Costa Rica: aiming for the sweet spot
Travel & Tourism
290 views
Travel & Tourism
290 views

Safe travels in Costa Rica: aiming for the sweet spot

Katherine Stanley - March 26, 2019

Traveling in Costa Rica is one of life’s great privileges, and The Tico Times has been proud to inspire, guide…

2019 Gold Cup field finalized; Costa Rica will host two matches
Costa Rica
538 views
Costa Rica
538 views

2019 Gold Cup field finalized; Costa Rica will host two matches

Alejandro Zúñiga - March 26, 2019

The field for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup is set. Costa Rica, the United States, Mexico, Honduras, Panama, and Trinidad…