Costa Rican Shark Finning Campaign Wins Gothenburg Prize

November 18, Gothenburg, Sweden – Costa Rican biologist and PRETOMA president Randall Arauz received the 2010 Gothenburg Award yesterday for his organization’s fight against shark finning.

Despite the award, shark finning still happens daily in Costa Rica (Picture: Allan Bolanos)

The Award, recognized as the most prestigious environmental award in Europe, is given to individuals or organizations that develop national or international environmental projects.  Each year the selection committee chooses the winners based on a predetermined sustainability theme.  For the 11th edition of the Award, the theme was ecosystem and marine species conservation.

The fight against shark finning in Costa Rica and the implementation of international campaigns were two factors that influenced the panel’s decision to award the prize to Arauz and his organization PRETOMA.  Randall Arauz is the first Costa Rican and second Latin American to achieve this honor in the city on Gothenburg, Sweden.  The achievement is tantamount to the Goldman Environmental Prize, considered to be the Noble Prize for the environment, which he received in April.

North American oceanographer Ken Sherman also received this year’s Award at a ceremony in Lindholmen Science Park in Gothenburg.  Along with the Award, both winners will split a 130 thousand dollar cash prize.

Past Gothenburg Award recipients include Al Gore, ex vice president of the United States, and the ex mayor of Bogotá, Colombia, Enrique Peñalosa.

2 Responses to “Costa Rican Shark Finning Campaign Wins Gothenburg Prize”
  1. Hello Andy

    This is a triumph, congratulations.
    However, I’m writing to say thanks for posting your piece on turtle eggs again – I missed it the last time but have had the ‘shame on CR’ mail sent to me several time, including from Australia and UK. I’m sending the article on to those two people – always tood to have facts and not fiction, thanks a million!

    All good wishes for continued success, Sheelagh

    • Andy Bystrom says:

      Thanks for distributing the link/information. This is the only way people will get the facts. My aritcle isn’t as “fun” to look at as the pictures in the email are, but it’s the only way for folks to make informed opinions rather then just spreading rumors.



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