Strategic Litigation

Since 2001, PRETOMA has influenced Costa Rican fishing politics with respect to responsible shark fishing. Our legislation now demands that sharks be landed with their fins naturally attached as the only mechanism to halt finning. This method’s effective implementation required, on three occasions, the General Attorney’s intervention as solicited by PRETOMA.

As a result of a Law Suit filed by PRETOMA at Costa Rica’s Supreme Court in January of 2006, foreign vessels flying flags of convenience are now required to use public installations to land their catch. This same order was seconded by the General Treasury Inspector’s office in February, 2007. Regrettably , the competent authorities have refused to abide by the rulings.

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