Court Resolves Next Friday on Private Dock Issue and Fhark Finning in Costa Rica
(February 21, 2011 – San José, Costa Rica)
Next Friday 25 of February, the Administrative Court will resolve if it will continue to allow the use of private docks by foreign fleets that land shark products in Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
As of December 1st, foreign fleets were obligated to land their products only at public docks (AJDIP/371/2010), in compliance with Articles 211 and 212 of the General Customs Law and the Resolution of the Constitutional Court (Res: 1109-2006). Nonetheless, the mandate was left without effect as of February 4th, as the result of a suit filed by shark fishing companies Mariscos Wang S.A. and Porta Portense S.A., against the mandate. Judge Rosa Cortés Morales didn’t only accept the case, she decided to favor the interests of the plaintiffs, by allowing them to use private docks for the landing of their products as a precautionary measure, so as to not affect their interests.
Incopesca, supported by the State Attorney and Pretoma, appealed the precautionary measure within the legal time frame, and during two day (February 17 and 18) hearings were held to listen to the arguments of the parties in favor of suspending or maintaining the precautionary measure, and announced that a final resolution would be issue next Friday, February 25, at 1:30 pm.
JOIN US! Lets all together say:
THE LAW MUST BE ABIDED BY IN THE PRIVATE DOCKS!
For more information:
Randall Arauz o Jorge Ballestero
(506) 2241 5227
Asociación de Pescadores del Pacífico
(506) 8789 4879