Tuna Fishing: Restrictions Concern Businessmen

The Costa Rican Tuna Industry Chamber warned about the possibility that the government will publish a decree that would extend the ban zone for the purse tuna fishery to a distance of between 100 and 150 miles from the Pacific coast.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

According to the sector's union, this decree, which is in the drafting stage, would put at risk the fulfillment of the export commitments of canned fish to the world's main markets.

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In a statement, the Costa Rican Chamber of the Tuna Industry (Catun) explained that this great reduction of the fishing zones would eliminate all competition for foreign-flagged tuna vessels to continue buying licenses from INCOPESCA and that varying the exclusion zone, as established in the document, would leave the Costa Rican tuna industry without raw material.

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Asdrúbal Vásquez, executive director of Catun, said that "... with this measure they are not only banning purse seine tuna fishing in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of Costa Rica, but they are leaving the industry without tuna of national origin, strongly affecting regional competitiveness and preventing it from meeting its export commitments for its canned products to markets such as the United States and Europe."

Crhoy.com reviews that for Vasquez these "... with these provisions, the same government is harming our industry and putting at risk more than 4,500 jobs generated by the sector, in times when national unemployment reaches 24.4%".

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