According to Alvarado, there are not enough scientific elements and technical studies that support the sustainability
of shrimp fishing with the trawl technique. - A.M. Costa Rica illustrative photo-
Published Monday, November 2, 2020Fishermen and authorities outraged
on trawling law presidential veto
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Authorities of the Municipality of Puntarenas Canton, and representatives of the Chamber of Fishermen, analyze the actions they will take to express their disapproval of the veto that President Carlos Alvarado did against the recently approved trawling law.
According to the municipality, fishermen are outraged by President Carlos Alvardo's decision to veto the sustainable shrimp fishing project. This is a law that was declared of interest to our canton, the local government said in its statement.
Mayor Wilber Madriz, together with representatives of the Chambers, associations, and other local governments in the area called for a meeting "to take strategic actions in favor of defending the interests of the common good of the Puntarenenses."
The mayor met with representatives of various local organizations on Sunday to establish the measures to be taken to continue support for the trawling law, "as well as the search for true and prompt solutions to the serious situation that affects our economy," Mayor Madriz said.
It is expected that the agreement reached by the fishermen of Puntarenas will be presented to President Alvarado.
On Friday President Alvarado vetoed the trawling law, re-signed, and it was approved by Congress. According to Alvarado, there are not enough scientific elements and technical studies that support the sustainability of shrimp fishing with the trawl technique. “As the evidence is not categorical, we must protect the environment and the populations that would be most affected," Alvarado said. "Any decision we make about the use of natural resources must be based on science and can be developed by competent organizations."
The president's veto order will be sent to the Agricultural Affairs Commission of Congress where the deputies must analyze whether they reject or accept it.
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