March 23, 2011 – San José, Costa Rica

Today at 5:00 pm, the court will resolve on the case of the Taiwanese Captain accused of shark finning.

During the conclusions, the Public Ministry requested a year of prison against Tsa Yu Yen, a 3 million colon fine (US$6,000) and the decommission of the Belize flagged vessel.

Furthermore, the court could seize the 16 million colones ($32,000) produced by the sale of the confiscated products to Mariscos Wang.

The defense lawyer, Victor Herrera, indicated to the Court that the felony shouldn’t be considered environmental, but penal.  The Costa Rican non profit organization Pretoma, expects the sentence to congruent with article 139 of the Fishery Law.

“This is certainly an environmental felony, particularly because the vessel was clearly finning shark”, declared Jorge Ballestero, Vicepresident of Pretoma.

The Association of Fishermen of the Pacific consider that this case must be trialed with severity, otherwise, a loophole will be opened to continue the criminal act of shark finning in Costa Rica.

The trial is being held in the Court of Puntarenas.

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    March 23, 2011 – San José, Costa Rica Today at 5:00 pm, the court will resolve on the case of the Taiwanese Captain accused of shark finning. During the conclusions, the Public Ministry requested a year of prison against Tsa Yu Yen, a 3 million colon fine (US$6,000) and the decommission...