Shark Finning “Birthday” Video

On February 17th Costa Rican shark conservationists gathered on the front steps of the country’s Supreme Court to “celebrate” the three years  the court has taken (thus far) to rule on a law suit against a variety of governmental authorities (fisheries inspectors, the Environmental Ministry, customs agents) for their failure to uphold a previous court order to close private docks in the port city of Puntarenas where shark fins are illegally offloaded by foreign fishing boats.

Costa Rican law states that foreign fishing goods must be offloaded from the boats into the country via public docks where fisheries officials and customs agents have access to inspect the products.  However, in Costa Rica the government has turned a blind eye while foreign boats offload thousands of tons of illegal shark fins at private docks where governmental officials have no access.

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