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Solís signs tuna fishing decree, but will it help Costa Rica’s oceans?

President Luis Guillermo Solís signed a decree Tuesday restricting industrial tuna fishing in Costa Rican waters.The decree is one of the first attempts to establish fishing zones in Costa Rica’s massive ocean territory and regulate the international super fleets that currently pull in the vast majority of the country’s tuna catch.

Stop giving away free tuna fishing licenses, says NGO

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.

Costa Rica Ombudsman’s Office pushes for better marine conservation

Costa Rica's Ombudsman's Office issued a statement Tuesday urging the government to prioritize marine resource management. According to research by the agency – which is responsible for petitioning the state on behalf of Costa Rican citizens – climate change, poor technology, inadequate marine management and a lack of political will have depleted the country's marine resources.

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’s dolphin-safe tuna designation under scrutiny

As the Costa Rican government stalls on the publication of new tuna fishing regulations, one environmental group has taken matters into its own hands.

Obama will propose expanding Pacific Ocean marine sanctuary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday will announce his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities, according to senior White House officials. The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world's largest marine sanctuary and double the area of ocean globally that is fully protected.

Tuna company, fishermen and environmental groups squabble over unpublished fishing decree

Expected restrictions on industrial tuna fishing have been stalled pending the publication of a decree signed by former President Laura Chinchilla.

European Union blacklists seafood trade in Belize

In its toughest move yet to eradicate illegal fishing, the European Union on Monday blacklisted Belize, effectively banning the country's products from the world's most valuable seafood market.

A letter to President Chinchilla: Save the Costa Rican spinner dolphins

Dear Sra. Presidenta, You are coming to the end of your term of what has to be the most thankless job in Costa Rica. I can’t imagine the stress of a job where no matter what decision you make, it has its critics.

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