Plenty of conservation activities this month

Looking to get involved in marine conservation initiatives in Costa Rica? Here are two upcoming events that look to prevent species extinction through policy reform. 

Invitation to a Shark Finning Birthday Party

Dear friends: Pretoma’s lawsuit against the use of private docks by foreign fishing boats to illegally offload shark fins is turning 3 years old this month. While we continue to wait for the Supreme Court to rule on the case, we’ve decided to “celebrate” the event by throwing a birthday party (giant cake included!!).

Location:  In front of the Supreme Court, San José, Costa Rica

Date:  Wednesday, February 17 Time: 11:00 am

Reason why:  Pretoma filed suit against Incopesca, Mopt, Minaet, and Customs, on the basis that the agencies were in contempt of the Supreme Court’s ruling (Voto 1109-2006) that mandated all foreign boats to use public installations in Puntarenas to offload their cargo. By not upholding the court’s order, the aforementioned agencies have allowed hundreds of tons of unregulated shark fins to pour into Costa Rica via privately owned docks whose owners have turned a blind eye to the court order and the interest of the Costa Rican public.

Through this peaceful “birthday party” we want to remind the Supreme Court that Costa Ricans are still waiting for its final decision, one we hope will support the responsible management of sharks and the protection of the country’s marine resources.

For more information contact Miguel Gómez at miguel@pretoma.org

 Pretoma and the Shark Coalition are also lobbying to include hammer head sharks in Appendix II of CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Doing so would control their international trade to levels that would not threaten their survival. Watch Pretoma’s commercial promoting this initiative:

Also on tap for this month is the 8th annual Leatherback Sea Turtle Festival, taking place in Leatherback National Marine Park. This is the site of all the controversy from bill 17.383, the very one that would downgrade Leatherback National Park (Parque Nacional Las Baulas) and turn it into a wildlife refuge and develop privately owned lands therin. Be there for this one!!

For more information contact Aimee Leslie at aimee_lb@yahoo.com

Leatherback Festival--Feb. 20th--Leatherback National Park--8:00 am

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