Europe reopens doors to imports from Costa Rican fish farms

The European Union lifted a 14-month ban on imports of Costa Rican tilapia and pond-reared shrimp on June 1.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The ban was lifted after European Union experts confirmed that Costa Rican fish farms had implemented a plan to control chemical waste in the farms themselves and at processing plants.



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Ban on Costa Rican Shrimp Lifted

May 2012

After three years the United States has again certified Costa Rica as a supplier of shrimp and derivative products.

A statement from the Ministry of Agriculture reads:

The State Department of the United States recently issued authorizing certification to Costa Rica to continue exports of shrimp and shrimp products to the United States, after three years of the market being kept closed to Costa Rican shrimp due to breaches in the use of turtle excluder devices(TEDs) in national vessels.

Costa Rica Relaunches Tilapia Exports to Europe

September 2011

A "Waste Management Plan" for the management of aquaculture products has been approved by the European Union.

From now on, Costa Rica now is able to resume the sale of tilapia and shrimp to European Union countries, after authorities had closed access to the old continent in 2007 and 2008.

Honduran tilapia to enter Europe's market

February 2009

Honduran authorities hope to earn $80 million from the export of tilapia fillet to the European market, specifically to Spain. Exports should begin in June.

The La Tribuna published on its website that "the first shipment will be send by air to a Spanish shrimp company. Previously tilapia exports were sent only to the American market for many years, despite the fact that Honduras has the best technology in Central America, exceeding Costa Rica and Ecuador."

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