Comptrollership Objects INCOPESCA
Comptrollership Objects INCOPESCA’s Efforts to Manage Sharks
(February 14, 2007 – San José, Costa Rica).
Last February 7 of 2007, the General Comptrollership of Costa Rica issued a report on the evaluation of INCOPESCA’s efforts to manage and control shark fisheries. The Comptrollership widely objects all efforts carried out by INCOPESCA up to date, which are qualified as insufficient, useless and wrongful, and issues a series of dispositions for the President and Board of INCOPESCA to correct the situation.
The report clearly points out that INCOPESCA has not established any efficient measures to arrange the shark fishery, in spite of the existence of information that indicates the possible overfishing of this resource. There is an absence of national plans or policies regarding shark fisheries, and shark fishing licenses are granted and transformed without any technical nor scientific back up. The data bases and statistics that INCOPESCA manages on this fishery are both inappropriate. The report also points out the wrongful nature of an Agreement signed by the Association of Professional Biologists and INCOPESCA to control shark landings. Effective controls aren’t carried out either at the private docks where foreign fleets operate and land sharks, which in fact, operate irregularly and at the margin of current legislation.
Among the several dispositions ordered to INCOPESCA, the following outstand:
- Elaboration of a strategy to carry out the technical and scientific studies needed to evaluate this fishery.
- Redesign of the current model used to grant licenses.
- Redesign of the information systems regarding fishing activities, as well as the statistics system.
- Abstention, on behalf of the Executive President of INCOPESCA, to issue resolutions pertaining to fishery policy.
- Terminate the Agreement of the Association of Biologists with INCOPESCA, due to the many technical and legal deficiencies it beholds.
- Obligation to comply with the resolution of the Constitutional Court pertaining to the use of private docks (immediately halt all landings of shark products at private docks that do not have public infrastructure).
“We are satisfied with this report by the Comptrollership, and expect the high ranking officers of INCOPESCA to take the dispositions ordered seriously”, expressed Randall Arauz, President of PRETOMA and Central American Director of Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN). “Unfortunately, experience tells us that INCOPESCA will recur to all the resources it can to delay or evade the obligatory compliance with the dispositions, because of which we will keep a close eye on the actions taken during the following weeks”.
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