Comptrollership confirms defficient shark management in Costa Rica

(San Jose, Costa Rica – April 10, 2008)

Last March 10, the Comptrollership of the Republic rejected an appeal by
INCOPESCA calling for the absolute annulment of its shark fisheries report
FOE-PGA-86-2006.
http://www.tortugamarina.org/downloads/pdf/DFOE-PGA-86-2006.pdf. In the
aforementioned report, the Comptrollership widely objects INCOPESCA’s
actions to procure the management of sharks, which are described as
insufficient, useless, and illegal.

Even though the Comptrollership’s study dates back over a year, most of the
dispositions directed to the President and Board of Directors of INCOPESCA
to correct the situation have been widely ignored, particularly the
obligation to abide by the Constitutional Court’s ruling regarding the use
of private docks by foreign fleets, which mandates the use of public
infrastructure, in accordance with the country’s custom’s laws. The ruling
of the Constitutional Court
http://www.tortugamarina.org/downloads/Resolucion.pdf was issued since
February of 2006, over two years ago, and still the fisheries authorities
have refused to abide by it.

“The use of private docks by foreign fleets to exploit sharks and other
marine fauna is a monumental loophole with no legal support whatsoever”,
pointed out Jorge Ballestero, of the Costa Rican non profit organization
PRETOMA. “An array of Costa Ricans, among public functionaries, fishermen
and environmentalists, are well aware of the effects of excessive fishing on
sharks, and have joined in a common voice calling for their conservation and
management, but the impact of the foreign fleets is overwhelming,
undermining any initiative to reach this goal”, sentenced Ballestero.

“We are satisfied with the Comptrollership’s resolution, but are concerned
over the amount of time each step of the administrative process may
take…time sharks simply don’t have”, expressed with grief Randall Arauz,
Executive Director of PRETOMA. “We really hope that this time INCOPESCA
will obey the order, and not obligate us to file yet another law suit,
because of which I call upon President Oscar Arias Sánchez to order the
immediate abidance by the law at the private docks, and get this over with
once and for all”, said an emphatic Arauz.


Randall Arauz
Presidente, Programa Restauración Tortugas Marinas, PRETOMA
1203-1100
Tibás, San José, Costa Rica
Tel (506) 241 5227
Fax (506) 236 6017
email: rarauz@racsa.co.cr; rarauz@tortugamarina.org
web: www.tortugamarina.org / www.seaturtles.org
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    Comptrollership confirms defficient shark management in Costa Rica(San Jose, Costa Rica – April 10, 2008)Last March 10, the Comptrollership of the Republic rejected an appeal byINCOPESCA calling for the absolute annulment of its shark fisheries reportFOE-PGA-86-2006.http://www.tortugamarina.org/downloads/pdf/DFOE-PGA-86-2006.pdf. In theaforementioned report, the Comptrollership widely objects INCOPESCA’sactions to procure the management...