University of Costa Rica approves operation of Tuna Farms in Golfito, according to the Minister of Environment
(San José, Costa Rica – 12 de junio, 2009).
A study by the University of Costa Rica’s (UCR) Center for Marine Research (CIMAR) supporting the operation of tuna farms in Costa Rica’s south Pacific, was the reason why the Ministry of Environment and Telecommunications (MINAET) once again approved the project, according to the Minister himself, Jorge Rodríguez.
Rodríguez gave his statement during a Press Conference in Costa Rica’s Congress last June 11, which was called to announce that the country had cancelled its debt with the International Whale Commission, and was now better suited to lead global processes to protect these species. When asked if the operation of tuna farms could threaten populations of whales and dolphins that live and breed in Costa Rican waters, the Minister expressed his concern, but justified MINAET´s decision on CIMAR’s study.
“We have read CIMAR´s study on tuna farms thoroughly, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t find anywhere that it approves the tuna farms”, said a doubtful Randall Arauz, President of the Costa Rican organization PRETOMA. “Actually, CIMAR’s study indicates that a previous long term exhaustive study must be held regarding the currents and effects that the generation of tons of metabolic wastes could have on the delicate ecosystem of the Golfo Dulce”.
In March of 2007, the Constitutional Court had suspended the execution of the Tuna Farm project, due to the uncertainties surrounding the destiny of the metabolic wastes and the possible effect on the Golfo Dulce. Furthermore, the Court ordered that the suspension could not be lifted, until scientific studies were held that cleared the doubt.
“Up to this day, no studies exist regarding the currents, thus the mandate of the Constitutional Court has not been abided by”, said Andy Bystrom, Director of Communications of PRETOMA. “It is very important that CIMAR publicly state its position, the future of the Golfo Dulce depends on it”.
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