• Costa Rica Coffee Guide

Stop giving away free tuna fishing licenses, says NGO

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 boats is unconstitutional.

The law in contention, known as the Ferreto Law, was created in the mid-1970s to encourage tuna canneries to open in Costa Rica, and it gives a free fishing license renewal to any boat that sells at least 300 tons of discounted tuna caught with a first license to the Costa Rica-based tuna cannery, Sardimar. According to FECOP’s complaint, the law allows international purse seine boats to fish tuna in Costa Rican waters, paying only $9 per ton of tuna to the Costa Rican government.

Recommended: Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree

“In Costa Rica it is unconstitutional to give away our natural resources,” Enrique Ramírez, FECOP’s executive director, told The Tico Times. “Right now the government is giving away the most valuable natural resource we have in the Pacific Ocean. It’s the same thing as if we were giving away gold, or wood, or parrots or whatever.”

INCOPESCA gave 39 free licenses to foreign-flagged industrial tuna boats between 2008 and 2011. The licenses could have brought in as much as $958,000 to the state, according to FECOP.

 

You may be interested

Costa Rica ending week with increase in coronavirus hospitalizations
Costa Rica
6258 views
Costa Rica
6258 views

Costa Rica ending week with increase in coronavirus hospitalizations

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 28, 2020

Costa Rica suffered 28 new coronavirus-related deaths between Wednesday and Friday for a total of 1,690, according to official data…

¡Viva siempre la paz! Costa Rica celebrates army abolition with holiday weekend
Costa Rica
12 views
Costa Rica
12 views

¡Viva siempre la paz! Costa Rica celebrates army abolition with holiday weekend

Alejandro Zúñiga - November 27, 2020

Costa Ricans will enjoy a long weekend to end November as the country celebrates a national holiday in commemoration of…

PAHO urges countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers
Latin America
1541 views
Latin America
1541 views

PAHO urges countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers

AFP - November 27, 2020

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) urged countries not to require coronavirus tests from travelers, saying they give a "false…