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Photo via Coope Molus Chomes.

French fashion brand praises Ticas' mollusk harvesting project

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Published on Wednesday, May 22 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Pierre Cardin, a well-known French fashion company, presented the Ocean 4 Our Planet award to a group of Ticas women (a term used for Costa Ricans) who developed a project to harvest the banks of mollusks in Chomes Beach in Puntarenas Province.

According to Rodrigo Cardin, head of the French business, the prize was given to Costa Rican enterprises because they combined their job harvesting mollusks such as clams, mussels, whelks, oysters, and scallops with ecologically friendly practices.

The prize is intended to foster the development of dynamic, efficient, and environmentally friendly business practices.

The women's group founded Coopemoluschomes, an association dedicated to harvesting and selling mollusks while simultaneously helping to maintain mangroves by reforesting thousands of mangrove plants.

These plants quickly establish themselves as new mangroves. These mangroves, a shrub or tree, grow mainly in coastal saline or brackish water.

The shrubs have special adaptations to take in extra oxygen and remove salt, which allow them to tolerate conditions that would kill most plants.

Mangrove forests serve as vital habitats for a diverse array of aquatic species, offering a unique ecosystem that supports the intricate interplay of marine life and terrestrial vegetation.

Ana Elena Pinto Lizano, Costa Rica's ambassador to France, accepted the prize on behalf of the women's organization during the award ceremony held at the Palais Bulle in Théoule-sur-Mer, France.

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