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University of Costa Rica Opposes Shark Commercialization

The University of Costa Rica called on the national community not to trade or consume shark species. “In Costa Rica, 56% of all species and...

Costa Rica’s airport popular thoroughfare for wildlife trafficking

Just like drug smugglers, wildlife traffickers usually pack smuggled wildlife on their bodies while traveling through an international border. Authorities at Juan Santamaría International Airport have seen some doozies.

Costa Rica issues 1-year moratorium on export of hammerhead shark products

Costa Rica’s National System of Conservation Areas placed a one-year moratorium on the exportation of hammerhead sharks last Thursday. The moratorium will put Costa Rica in compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, known as CITES.

US experts tracking wildlife trade help train Costa Rican customs inspectors

The United States is one of the world’s largest importers of wild fauna and flora. Central America’s proximity to the U.S. makes it even more important for the region and U.S. customs officials to be on the same page when it comes to flora and fauna trade. “As a consuming country, it’s incumbent on us to make sure that trade is happening legally and sustainably,” said Christina Kish, project manager with the International Technical Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Ecuador seizes 200,000 shark fins

QUITO, Ecuador – Ecuador seized around 200,000 shark fins and arrested three suspected traffickers in Manta, the country's main fishing port last week.

American Airlines says it won’t ship shark fins anymore

The airline made the announcement via its Twitter account in response to several queries posed by users of the social media site. The Tico Times confirmed the announcement with the airline’s media office.

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