Dead shark finding precedes ‘Black October,’ the worst month for illegal fishing in Costa Rica
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Dead shark finding precedes ‘Black October,’ the worst month for illegal fishing in Costa Rica

Lindsay Fendt - October 10, 2014

Two weeks ago, park rangers at Isla del Coco National Park, located 590 kilometers west of Costa Rica's central Pacific coast, found six dead silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) and…

The lionfish hunters
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The lionfish hunters

Lindsay Fendt - October 9, 2014

MANZANILLO, Limón — Swimming in their tiny aquarium on Manzanillo beach, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean Coast, the group of four lionfish were the most beautiful sea creatures I…

Costa Rica battles invasive species with lionfish consumption campaign
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Costa Rica battles invasive species with lionfish consumption campaign

Lindsay Fendt - September 1, 2014

Deep-fried lionfish may be the new dish du jour along Costa Rica's Caribbean coast thanks to a new campaign intended to curb the growth of the invasive species' local population. Lionfish…

Costa Rican Fisheries Federation holds sport fishing tournament for kids
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Environment and Wildlife
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Costa Rican Fisheries Federation holds sport fishing tournament for kids

Alberto Font - July 29, 2014

With the goal of promoting responsible fishing, the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation, or FECOP, last Saturday held a sport fishing tournament for children – the second of the year – at the…

Stop giving away free tuna fishing licenses, says NGO
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Stop giving away free tuna fishing licenses, says NGO

Lindsay Fendt - July 21, 2014

A nonprofit fishing group, the Costa Rican Fishing Federation (FECOP), filed a constitutional complaint last week alleging that a law granting free fishing licenses to international tuna…

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Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office pushes for better marine conservation

Lindsay Fendt - July 1, 2014

Costa Rica's Ombudsman's Office issued a statement Tuesday urging the government to prioritize marine resource management. According to research by the agency – which is responsible for petitioning the state on…

Small-scale fishermen team up to better protect coastal, marine resources
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Small-scale fishermen team up to better protect coastal, marine resources

Lindsay Fendt - June 28, 2014

Dozens of fishermen from both of Costa Rica's coasts gathered in the auditorium at the Casa Presidencial in San José Friday to celebrate the creation of a government-sponsored…

Costa Rica’s dolphin-safe tuna designation under scrutiny
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Costa Rica’s dolphin-safe tuna designation under scrutiny

Lindsay Fendt - June 18, 2014

As the Costa Rican government stalls on the publication of new tuna fishing regulations, one environmental group has taken matters into its own hands. In a letter…

The Foxi Lady is on fire! 5 US boaters rescued at sea after onboard fire sinks ship
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Gone Fishin
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The Foxi Lady is on fire! 5 US boaters rescued at sea after onboard fire sinks ship

Zach Dyer - June 16, 2014

The Costa Rican Coast Guard and firefighters from Puntarenas rescued five U.S. boaters off the coast of Playa Hermosa, Garabito, after a fire broke out on board…

Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree
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Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree

Lindsay Fendt - June 10, 2014

Expected restrictions on industrial tuna fishing have been stalled pending the publication of a decree signed by former President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014). Though Chinchilla signed the decree,…