Costa Rican snapper fishery enters international sustainability assessment

First Central American and snapper fishery to enter Marine Stewardship Council program March 16, 2015 (Seattle, WA) – The Nicoya Peninsula artisanal snapper fishery located in the nearshore waters of the Nicoya Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica has voluntarily entered the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) full assessment process. Targeted species in the … Continue reading

PRETOMA—finalist for 2011 Gulfstream Navigator Award

English translation of press release sent to Costa Rican media  “The Sustainable Coastal Development Project,” implemented in the district of Bejuco, Guanacaste by the Costa Rican environmental non-profit PRETOMA, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2011 Savannah Ocean Exchange’s $100,000 Gulfstream Navigator Award.  Each year the Savannah Ocean Exchange (September 7-8, 2011 in Savannah, … Continue reading

The sustainable seafood economy–it’s happening

Our coasts are on the edge.  With a global race being run to exploit coastal resources, we push these areas of economic, environmental, and social importance closer to the tipping point.  Assuming these pressures will not subside in the foreseeable future, we must begin to identify and implement sustainable development strategies for the planet’s coastal … Continue reading

Costa Rican artisanal fishers in spotlight

The National Geographic/Ashoka Changemakers award winning artisanal fishing project was recently featured on Costa Rica’s Channel 11 national news.  The project Development of economic partnerships between artisanal fisher folk and tourism operators (designed by Andy Bystrom for the non-profit PRETOMA) is building economic partnerships/opportunities between artisanal fisher folk and the tourism sector by promoting the development of small, locally owned … Continue reading

Artisanal fishing communities need your vote

Pretoma’s “Development of economic partnerships between artisanal fisher folk and tourism operators” project (submitted by Andy Bystrom, Costa Rica, Guanacaste ) needs your vote.  The project has been selected as a finalist in National Grographic’s 2010 Geotourism Challenge: Places on the Edge – Saving Coastal and Freshwater Destinations, and now it’s up to the public to choose the winners. … Continue reading