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Half of marine life wiped out in 40 years: WWF

Pollution, industrial fishing and climate change have killed off half of marine life in the last four decades, according to a WWF report released Wednesday. A quarter of shark and ray species face extinction, largely due to overfishing.

Costa Rica is officially going after the lionfish

The Southern Caribbean Artisanal Fishermen's Association on Monday presented officials from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry a plan to reduce the population of lionfish (Pterois), an invasive species that threatens Costa Rica’s fish and shellfish populations.

More calls for reform of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute

Leaders of the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP) on Wednesday presented an action plan to reform the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute (INCOPESCA), saying the regulatory agency had “lost its way and requires substantial changes.”

Costa Rica battles invasive species with lionfish consumption campaign

Deep-fried lionfish may become the new dish du jour in Costa Rica's Caribbean region thanks to a new government campaign intended to reduce the invasive species' population.

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

The new plan unites into one group the 10 Costa Rican coastal towns that have special community-managed fishing zones. The group is called the National Network of Responsible Fishing Areas.

Costa Rica to launch offensive against invasion of broadbarred firefish

The Environment Ministry on Monday met with Mexican experts who are in the country to assist in a plan to combat the broadbarred firefish (Pterois antennata), an invasive species that is affecting the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Caribbean waters.

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