Costa Rican Fishers Working to Protect Tuna

Written by on September 18, 2013 in Policy & Ocean Law

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Fisheries Sector Launches Campaign to Protect Costa Rica Tuna Fishing

Purse-seine net nearly closed. Photo credit: SPC/NOAA.

Purse-seine net nearly closed. Photo credit: SPC/NOAA.

The National Federation of the Fisheries Sector and the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation recently launched a campaign to collect signatures to back a new proposal to regulate purse-seine tuna fisheries in the nation’s waters. “Costa Rican Tuna for Costa Rican Fishers” requests the Office of the President of the Republic to establish a six-year moratorium on tuna fishing with purse-seine nets in the first 370 nautical miles of Costa Rica’s territorial waters. This would allow local fishers to sustainably fish for tuna without having to compete with huge purse-seine fleets.

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About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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