Costa Rican tuna-farm project challenged
San José, Costa Rica
Environmentalists have fought a proposed yellowfin tuna farm since Costa Rican regulatory bodies approved it last year for a location nine miles (15 kms) off the mouth of the Golfo Dulce, a prized tropical fjord and major ecotourism destination on the country’s southern Pacific coast.
Yet the leader of the rare, offshore fish-farm project, Eduardo Velarde, insists the effort would provide an alternative to the increasingly destructive fishing of wild yellowfin, thus helping to protect the species.
Along with leaders of communities fronting the Golfo Dulce, the Costa Rican green groups Marine Life Foundation and Sea Turtle Restoration Program (Pretoma) filed a pair of lawsuits with the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber, Sala IV. One suit points to potential environmental damage in the Golfo Dulce, which is located between the mainland and the Osa Peninsula. The other says that in approving the project, the government failed to ensure sufficient consultation with Golfito and other communities located on the Golfo Dulce.