Costa Rica Limits Licenses for Tuna Fishing

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.

Friday, March 17, 2017

From a statement issued by the President of Costa Rica: 

The Board of the Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA) has decided to limit tuna fishing permits for this year, 2017, as an interim measure while a new model is implemented to organise this activity.

The Executive Branch announced that it is reformulating the model for tuna fishing in order to achieve a balanced scheme between environmental conservation, the competitiveness of the fisheries sector and the use of national resources, sustainably and fairly, for which an Executive Decree will be prepared. While this process is being specified, the Board of INCOPESCA agreed to placing limitations on permits for tuna fishing.

The directors agreed that licenses for tuna fishing will be awarded in the Exclusive Economic Zone of the country to foreign flag vessels that demonstrate that they have placed all of their catch with domestic processing industries, and licenses to these vessels will only be granted for up to a total of 5,847 metric tons.

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