Costa Rica softens shark-protection stance

Costa Rica

In a major shift in its shark-conservation policies, the Costa Rican government has decided it will not support the designation of additional shark species for international protection. Officials say the new policy will ensure local fishermen have jobs, but environmental groups warn the decision will leave sharks vulnerable and effectively end Costa Rica’s world leadership in expanding shark conservation. Marine conservation groups released details of the new policy on Oct. 5, publishing a letter they received from Presidency Minister Sergio Alfaro. The letter listed a series of agreements the government reached with the fishing sector behind closed doors on Sept. 2 and had not formally announced. It stated the government will no longer “propose or support” the inclusion of additional shark species of commercial... [Log in to read more]

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