Constitutional Court orders INCOPESCA to explain its politics regarding “partial landing” of sharks at public docks
(August 4, 2011 – San José, Costa Rica)
On august 1st the Constitutional Court resolved PRETOMA’s law suit against INCOPESCA for its evasiveness in explaining its procedures that allow the partial landing of sharks by the foreign fishing fleet, by ordering the fisheries institute to give PRETOMA an explanation within 3 days (click to see Resolution).
According to observations made by PRETOMA members during the landing procedures of a foreign vessel at the public dock in Puntarenas, sharks are immediately transported to a private dock where they are weighed and the fins separated. PRETOMA sees the situation as irregular because the Constitutional Court has been emphatic in maintaining that the protection of the public interest can only be upheld through the use of public infrastructure, and that the weighing of imported products is very relevant to public interest, along with the shark fin separation process.
PRETOMA solicited an explanation of the “partial landing” at the public dock from INCOPESCA’s Executive President Luis Dobles on June 24, but he ignored the request. The solicitation also asked for a description of the rotation process that’s used to assign inspectors to supervise foreign vessel landings.
“It’s a disgrace how we have to constantly ask the Constitutional Court to uphold our basic rights”, said an irritated Randall Arauz, PRETOMA’s President. “But we’ll keep filing suit if we have to, because right now the institutional policy is: don’t answer any letters from PRETOMA,” complained Arauz.http://www.pretoma.org/constitutional-court-orders-incopesca-to-explain-its-politics-regarding-%e2%80%9cpartial-landing%e2%80%9d-of-sharks-at-public-docks/Press Releases