• Costa Rica Real Estate Auction
  • Costa Rica Real Estate

Ocean conservation group files lawsuit against new shrimp trawling licenses

March 27, 2014

Ocean conservation group MarViva filed a lawsuit with the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court (Sala IV) on Thursday, alleging that the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (Incopesca) illegally renewed three shrimp trawling licenses following a court order not to do so.

The licenses’ renewals would have directly contradicted an August ruling by the Sala IV that found shrimp trawling unconstitutional due to its damaging effects on the environment. While licenses are now banned from being issued or renewed, boats with active licenses can continue to trawl until their licenses expire. The three licenses that were allegedly renewed after the ban would remain active until 2019.

“It’s unfortunate that Incopesca would renew these licenses, ignoring an order by the Sala IV in the process, and without considering the economic consequences that it will have for Costa Rica,” said Jorge Arturo Jiménez, director of MarViva. “These types of acts go against the rule of law and the rights of all Costa Ricans to a healthy environment.”

Since the ban has taken effect, Incopesca has let three shrimp trawling licenses expire without renewal. Incopesca Executive Director Luis Dobles told The Tico Times in February that the Capitán Bonilla was the first shrimp trawling license to expire since the ban, conflicting with MarViva’s allegations.

While Incopesca claims to have complied with the Sala IV’s decision, the agency is also actively attempting to reinstate shrimp trawling through a bill in the Legislative Assembly. According to Incopesca officials, the new law would reinstate a more sustainable and regulated version of trawling in Costa Rican waters.

Artisanal fishermen and environmentalists protested the bill earlier this month, claiming that there is no such thing as sustainable shrimp trawling.

 

You may be interested

Guatemalan indigenous people march in support of Evo Morales
Bolivia
18 views
Bolivia
18 views

Guatemalan indigenous people march in support of Evo Morales

AFP - November 15, 2019

Hundreds of indigenous people marched through the Guatemalan capital on Thursday in support of Bolivia's ex-president Evo Morales, who was…

Costa Rican authorities find body of missing U.S. citizen
Costa Rica
1235 views
Costa Rica
1235 views

Costa Rican authorities find body of missing U.S. citizen

The Tico Times - November 15, 2019

Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ) confirmed to The Tico Times that they have located and positively identified the body of Charlie…

Is Costa Rica just for dental implants?
Dental Tourism
144 views
Dental Tourism
144 views

Is Costa Rica just for dental implants?

Barbara Goldman / Costa Rica Dental Guide - November 15, 2019

It is no secret that dental care in the United States is getting so expensive that Americans are increasingly forced…

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!