Licenses will be granted in the Exclusive Economic Zone only up until 5,847 metric tons have been fished and to foreign vessels that demonstrate they have put all of their catch into domestic processors.
From a statement issued by the President of Costa Rica:
The government has announced that it will modify the cost of licenses for tuna fishing in Costa Rican waters in order to adapt them to international market prices.
From a statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock in Costa Rica:
In order to improve the utilization of one Costa Rica's largest resources and ensure long-term sustainability, the Executive has issued an Executive Order in which the model for regulating this activity in the country has been reformulated.
In the first ten months of the year foreign sales of seafood products fell, except for shellfish and shrimp, which are growing at double digits.
Statistics from the Center for Export Procedures (CETREX) show that foreign sales of seafood grew by 19% compared to the first ten months of 2015, while exports of sea shrimp, recorded an increase of almost 13%.
A proposal has been made to reform the law in order to better regulate the fisheries sector, which contributes 5% of GDP, expanding prohibited areas and implementing a moratorium on commercial fishing licenses.
In the first quarter of the year the value of fish exported was $5.1 million, 40% less than in the same period in 2015.
Fisheries sector entrepreneurs confirmed that the decline also occurred in production, but they are relying a reversal of the figures and achieving better results in the year, because in April , "... scale fishing began to show signs of recovery and we hope that in the rest of the year, with expectations of rainfall, production will normalize' "said Armando Segura, president of the Chamber of Fisheries of Nicaragua to Elnuevodiario.com.ni .
The Panamanian Food Safety Authority has temporarily banned seafood imports from Vietnam.
From the resolution published in the Official Newspaper La Gaceta:
FIRST: Order a temporary suspension of the sale of fishery products from the Republic of Vietnam, until its health authorities definitively clarify, using technical and scientific methods, that they are free of the bacteria "Vibrio cholerae" and therefore that the product may be imported and marketed safely in the Republic of Panama.
New procedures now apply for certification and sanitary permits required to export fishery and aquaculture products.
The Center for Exports reports that since December 15, 2015 a new resolution is in effect which details inspection process to be carried out by fishery plants and aquaculture production centers to certify their products for export.
Bureaucratic problems within the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food are hampering exports from the fishery and aquaculture sector.
From a statement issued by Agexport:
Producers and exporters who make up the Committee on Fisheries and Aquaculture at AGEXPORT are extremely concerned about the grave consequences that may occur in Guatemala, as a result of the recent decisions by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food which in two days have caused the cesation of the country's exports worth nearly $1 million.
Only fish consumption of Panamanians is above the world average, with 23 kilos per capita per year.
The growth of purchasing power and increased choice of seafood explain the increased consumption among Panamanians, which averages around 23 kilos a year. The increased purchasing power of Panamanians is added to the growing industrialization in fish production, which along with the increase in marketing channels, increases product availability and consumption.
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