When fishermen directly participate in research activities, they are more likely to understand the nature of the problem and abide by recommended management measures, even coming up with them themselves. Since 1999, PRETOMA has been working with artisinal and longline fishermen studying shark relative abundance and migrations, producing relevant information for future shark management in Costa Rica. Now the time has come to transfer this information back to the fishermen, their families and their communities, and gain their support to attain the political changes needed.
During the months of April, May and June of 2008, PRETOMA will be celebrating “Shark Day” in coastal communities of the Pacific coast. These events are important to consolidate the cooperation of the fishing and direct Costa Rica towards sustainable fisheries. As of May 21 of 2008, “Shark Day” events have been held in Tárcoles, Playas del Coco, Golfito and Puerto Jiménez. More events are planned in the near future.