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Costa Rica’s Tuna Fishermen Launch Campaign Against Foreign Fleets Costa Rica, September 13, 13

A campaign has been launched in San Jose to gather support for a proposal to regulate foreign tuna seine-fishing within 370 nautical miles of Costa Rican maritime territory. Currently around 90 percent of the country’s tuna is landed in international ports.

The National Federation of the Fishing Sector (FENAPES) and the Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP) will collect signatures as proof that there is a backing of the proposals.
The campaign calls the government to issue a six year moratorium allowing artisanal fishermen to work without direct competition from industrial seine fleets within the Costa Rican EEZ.
FENAPES and FECOP representatives said the proposal would be a first step in promoting sustainable tuna fishing aimed at recovering marine resources in Costa Rica’s Pacific waters.
The regulations are also said to have the potential to help around 15,000 Costa Rican families that depend on artisanal fishing for their income.