Group denounces the granting
new permits for shrimp trawling
A.M. Costa Rica staff
10, The Board of Directors of the Costa
Rican Institute of Fisheries and
Aquaculture (Incopesca) apparently
approved the delivery of new licenses
that would allow shrimp trawling. This
practice was banned by the
Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme
Court in 2013, according to the MarViva
"Incopesca is acting as the Legislative
Assembly when establishing new licenses
through an agreement from the Board of
Directors," said Jorge Jiménez, general
director of the MarViva foundation.
"According to the ruling of the Chamber,
a legal reform backed with scientific
and technological data is needed to
grant those permits."
In ruling 10540-2013, the Constitutional
Chamber outlawed some articles of the
Fisheries Law related to permits and
licenses for fishing shrimp with
Magistrates considered that allowing
this type of fishing is contrary to the
right to a healthy and ecologically
balanced environment, the nation’s
obligation to protect its natural
beauty, the food sovereignty of the
country and a violation of the principle
of democratic and preventive sustainable
"The Assembly has not approved any Law
allowing it and, as of today, the
National University and the Center for
Research in Marine Sciences has
confirmed the non-existence of such
studies," added Jiménez.
Since 2013, Incopesca has been
prohibited from granting or renewing
permits, authorizations or new licenses,
which are expired or inactive for shrimp
fishing with trawling nets.
Mar Viva photo
Trawling has been
the subject of intense
debate over the years.
of Directors, not endorsed by
the scientific community of
the country, granted itself
the right of creating new
permits, said Jiménez.
The Constitutional Chamber has
pointed out that the method
used in shrimp trawling,
capturing all types of marine
species, not only affects the
interests of people engaged in
artisanal shrimp fishing, but
also the interests of all
The MarViva Foundation said it
calls on the government and
the Board of Directors of
INCOPESCA to change their
decision on this issue and
respect the finding of the
"More than four years after
the sentence, the government
has not managed to establish
alternatives for fishermen,
while stubbornly promoting an
ill-conceived bill that does
not have the support of most
coastal communities nor the
environmental sector," said
Mar Viva on a press statement.
Most of Costa
Rican’s not interested
in environmental issues
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
For 90% of Costa Ricans, the
environmental issues do not generate
interest or the need for action, according
to a research from the Estado de La Nación
The study also found that 73% of Ticos
consider other nationals do not do
anything to solve environmental problems,
although they do care about them. 17% of
them said environmental matters are not
important at all.
When asked about who has the
responsibility to protect the environment,
interviewees said government and municipal
authorities, private enterprises and
To gather this information, the PEN
designed a 65 questionnaire. The data was
collected by the company Unimer
Centroamérica between June 24 and July 17,
2017, with 1,200 personal home interviews,
700 in the metropolitan area and 500 in
the rest of the country.
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percent of the interviewees said
environmental matters are not important.
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