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Real information and stories from Guanacaste , Costa Rica. Presneted by a long time expat living and working in Costa Rica
Costa Rica Bans Shrimp Trawling

Costa Rica has just officially passed a bill that will ban shrimp trawling in Costa Rican waters. This is the latest in a series of laws geared towards protecting the environment and will have a large effect on the area marine wildlife.

The ban comes as a response to several recent environment studies that have shown the number of bycatch (marine life caught in shrimping nets) to be somewhere between 4,000 and 6,000 cubic tons per years. Along with this an estimated 15,000 plus sea turtles were caught in the last year alone.

Right now all current shrimp trawling licenses are still valid but will not be renewed and no new licenses will be available until a more proven technology is available to reduce bycatch.

Way to step up Costa Rica!

For more info on the shrimp trawling ban, take a look at the link below to my personal blog offering the latest news and tips for moving and travel in Costa Rica.

http://costarica-connection.com/costa-rica-passes-ban-on-shrimp-trawling/

Posted: Saturday, August 31, 2013 12:53 PM by Joseph A. Emanuelli

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