Backtrack on fishing policy at issue in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

If world shark-conservation experts had gathered here a year ago, Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís might have boasted unreservedly about his country’s marine-protection efforts. Uncomfortably for him, though, Costa Rica’s hosting of the second meeting of signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks (MOS2) took place this February. So when Solís addressed attendees on Feb. 17, he was doing so less than three weeks after a Germany-based shark conservation group had declared him the winner of its Shark Enemy of the Year Award. To make matters worse, his predecessor as president, Laura Chinchilla, had won the organization’s Shark Guardian Award in 2014, in recognition of her “blue agenda” for marine-protection and support for international shark... [Log in to read more]

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