(February 10, 2012 – San José, Costa Rica)

Photo: Incopesca denied information regarding foreign fleet's shark fishery.

Last February 1st, the Costa Rican marine conservation organization Pretoma filed suit against Mr. Luís Dobles Ramírez, Executive President of Incopesca at the Public Ministry Court, for failure to adhere to his mandate and duties.  As explained in the suit, all public servants must facilitate public information regarding their performance when requested.   However, Mr. Luís Dobles Ramírez has obligated Pretoma to resort to the Constitutional Court on 4 separate occasions, just to uphold basic constitutional principles, such as the right to information and a timely response.

“The persistent denial to divulge information that is of public nature hinders the appropriate control of activities related to the use of national hydro biological resources – an issue of great relevance to Pretoma,” denounced Randall Arauz, President of Pretoma.  “We consider that Mr. Dobles’ actions offend not only our constitutional rights, but also those of all the Costa Rican people who expect the institution to works towards the defense of the public interest and sustainable fisheries,” stated Arauz.

Concrete cases:

  • Resolution Nº 2010-1315 (July 20, 2010).  Incopesca was ordered to release technical information of public nature regarding the creation of the Golfo Dulce Responsible Fishing Marine Area.
  • Resolution Nº 2011-11611 (August 30, 2011).  Incopesca was ordered to release information regarding procedures pertaining to the lading of sharks and the curtailment of shark fins by the foreign fleet, in addition to systems utilized to elect inspectors.
  • Resolution Nº 2011-15821 (November 22, 2011).  Incopesca was ordered to release copies of the certification forms for the Authorization for the Landing of Fisheries Products (FIAD) – documents produced for foreign flagged vessels that have landed at the public dock in Barrio El Carmen, Puntarenas, since December 1, 2010.
  • Resolution Nº 2011-17885 (December 23, 2011).  Incopesca was ordered to provide information regarding the status of law suits filed against shrimp trawlers Sonia J and Luis Guillermo on May 6, 2009 for illegal fishing operation inside the Caletas-Arío National Wildlife Refuge.
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    (February 10, 2012 – San José, Costa Rica) Last February 1st, the Costa Rican marine conservation organization Pretoma filed suit against Mr. Luís Dobles Ramírez, Executive President of Incopesca at the Public Ministry Court, for failure to adhere to his mandate and duties.  As explained in the suit, all public...