Surf Contest in Golfo Dulce to Oppose Tuna Farm
September 7, 2006 – San Jose, Costa Rica
On Saturday, September 9, 2006 the town of Pavones, world famous for its surfing, will host a surf contest to support a campaign against the installation of an industrial tuna farm at the mouth of the Dulce Gulf. Photos of Pavones by Greg Norris: http://www.tortugamarina.org/downloads/pavones1.jpg, http://www.tortugamarina.org/downloads/pavones2.jpg
Earlier this year, to the surprise of the local community of Pavones and neighboring towns of Punta Banco and Zancudo, they learned that the Ministry of Environment (MINAE) had approved the proposed tuna farm project even though local communities were never consulted.
The small towns of Pavones and Punta Banco depend on the natural beauty and biodiversity of the Gulf for tourism, ecotourism and fishing. The Gulf is famous for dolphin, whale and whale shark sightings. Punta Banco has the longest running sea turtle protection project of its kind on the Pacific coast of Central America and Pavones is one of the world’s top surf spots where surfers regularly dive off their boards to hear the sonar of whales and dolphins. There are more than 500 known marine species in the Golfo Dulce.
A lawsuit has been filed by local groups at the Supreme Court calling for the nullification of the project permits. The Court accepted the case in July and has ordered a halt to all activities related to the project until a ruling is made.
“The proposed tuna farm will put sea turtles, dolphins, whales, the entire ecosystem and the communities of the Golfo Dulfe at risk,” states William Mata of the Association of Fishermen of Pavones. “Neither the foreign backed tuna company nor MINAE consulted the local communities before the project was approved, but now we hope that they understand that the communities of Dulce Gulf do not want an industrial tuna farm in these waters.”http://www.pretoma.org/surf-contest-in-golfo-dulce-to-oppose-tuna-farm/Press Releases