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Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís nominated for ‘Shark Enemy of the Year’ award

In a letter published as a full-page ad in Spanish-language daily La Nación on Monday, conservation group Sharkproject International announced the nomination of President Luis Guillermo Solís for the 2016 Shark Enemy of the Year award.

Conservation groups launch campaign to fund speedboat for patrolling Cocos Island

Campaign backers hope a speedboat will help park rangers better protect the island against illegal fishing. Donations can be made through text message, at banks and supermarkets, and at special collection events.

Illegal shark fins destined for Hong Kong seized at Costa Rica airport

Last Wednesday, inspectors from the National Animal Health Service discovered shark fins from protected species among air cargo being exported to Hong Kong. Among the fins were species including the oceanic whitetip shark (Carcharhinus longimanus) and several types of hammerheads (Sphyrna).

Could tide finally be turning for shark fin demand in China?

GUANGZHOU, China – A sprawling market floor in Guangzhou was once a prime location for shark fin, one of China's most expensive delicacies. But now it lies deserted, thanks to a ban from official banquet tables and a celebrity-driven ad campaign.

Judge orders Costa Rica gov’t to reimburse ship captain for seized shark fins

This case just keeps getting more bizarre by the minute. Now taxpayers will have to foot the bill for 650 shark fins seized from a finning boat in 2011, as well as the defendant's legal fees. So ordered Puntarenas Judge Franklin Lara.

Judge’s ruling opens the door to legalized shark finning in Costa Rica, conservation groups say

Kathy Tseng, a Taiwanese-Costa Rican businesswoman, was absolved Monday in a Puntarenas court on charges of illegally landing 652 shark fins on a Costa Rican dock in 2011. According to prosecutors and ocean conservation groups, the landmark ruling by a Puntarenas judge has opened multiple loopholes for finners looking to skirt the law.

Costa Rican Coast Guard captures boat with 153 illegal shark fins

At least 40 sharks were killed by an illegal shark-finning boat detained off the shores of Golfito in Costa Rica's South Pacific. The boat was discovered during a two-day Coast Guard operation on Sunday and Monday.

Could a shark-finning trial restore loophole in Costa Rica law?

The case started in 2011, when a boat belonging to the case’s defendant, Taiwanese-Costa Rican Kathy Tseng Chang, docked in Puntarenas, on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast. Fishermen on Tseng’s boat had allegedly carved out all of the meat, bones and innards of 36 sharks, leaving only the spinal column with the fins attached by strips of skin.

High-profile shark-finning trial continues this week

The trial of Kathy Tseng Chang began again in a Puntarenas court Wednesday.

Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla named Shark Guardian of the Year

Despite court orders to close private docks to foreign ships in 2006, Chinchilla's two predecessors left them open.
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