Sign the Petition—Stop Shark Fin Imports to Costa Rica
The Costa Rican marine environmental organization, PRETOMA, is collecting signatures urging Costa Rica’s President, Laura Chinchilla, to ban shark fin imports. Please sign the petition against the import of shark fins to Costa Rica!!
Earlier this year the Costa Rican government admitted to catering to international shark finners’ interests by allowing industry members to land thousands of tons of shark fins at clandestine private docks in the port of Puntarenas over the past decade. A court order closed the docks and mandated that international longline fishing vessels land their products at public docks where fisheries inspectors can inspect the cargo. The very first Taiwanese vessel (registered in Belize) to land at the public dock was accused and found guilty of shark finning.
But shark finning is a lucrative international business and the industry’s players are relentless in their efforts to destroy shark populations in the interest of making money. Last month the international shark finning fleet’s boats (the same ones that previously arrived at Costa Rica’s private docks) began docking and landing shark fins in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. What’s more, the fins are loaded into trucks and driven/imported back into Costa Rica where they are prepared for export.
Voice your disapproval of shark finning and be a part of the movement to save sharks and restore their populations.
–Andy Bystrom San Jose, Costa Rica