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On November 23, the documentary “Shark Water” (www.sharkwater.com) opens in Costa Rican theaters. This documentary shows the reality of shark finning practices in Costa Rica, centered on actions that took place during the presidencies of Rodriguez (1998-2002) and Pacheco (2002-2006). The events portrayed in this film obviously sully the reputation of Costa Rica as a world conservation leader.
The authorities of the Arias administration (2006-2010), especially the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Foreign Relations are interested in exploring ways to improve the conservation and management of sharks in Costa Rica and regionally. This is, without a doubt, a great opportunity for Costa Rica to show the world their commitment to shark conservation, and to put an end to shark finning. The first step SHOULD be the compliance of the law. The Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA), the General Direction of Migration, and the Department of Navigation and Security of the Ministry of Transportation, ARE OBLIGATED to comply with the January 2006 mandates of the Constitutional Court and the Contraloría General de la República of February 2007, which ORDER that the authorities prohibit, IMMEDIATELY, that international fishing fleets land shark products on the private docks of Puntarenas that are not a part of public infrastructure.
Unfortunately, as has occurred uninterrupted for the last three administrations, the law continues to be violated on the private docks in Puntarenas every day. So far this year, 79 internationally-owned fishing vessels have ILLEGALLY landed a total of 2,400 tons of sharks on private docks, a flagrant violation of our laws and the mandates of the Constitutional Court and the National Controllership. Why does this administration continue supporting this illegal and destructive practice?

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    On November 23, the documentary “Shark Water” (www.sharkwater.com) opens in Costa Rican theaters. This documentary shows the reality of shark finning practices in Costa Rica, centered on actions that took place during the presidencies of Rodriguez (1998-2002) and Pacheco (2002-2006). The events portrayed in this film obviously sully...