First Chamber annuls Decree allowing the exportation of Hammerhead Shark fins

 

Whistle blown on alarming 94% decline of hammerhead shark landings in Costa Rica

Seeking scientists to coordinate sea turtle nesting projects for the 2021-2022 season.

COSTA RICAN PRESIDENT VETOED SHRIMP TRALING IN THE COUNRTRY

CREMA AND TURTLE TRAX PRESENT RECENT RESULTS ON SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION

We show CREMA’S Hawksbill Sea Turtle Research Project

Costa Rica is still in the scene of countries that do not protect sharks

Volunteers moved efforts to raise funds for CREMA

Shark Guardians of Cocos Island

Aprobada Consulta del Proyecto de Ley 21754

We need your help, vote for CREMA, to keep saving our Marine Life

 

Fins from endangered hammerhead sharks in Hong Kong market traced mainly to Eastern Pacific

Snapper fishery rebounds in Coyote and Bejuco, Nandayure, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Scientist document connectivity between Cocos Island and Las Gemelas

International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Crema doing research of the stingray population in Cabo Blanco

Costa Rica is still in the scene of countries that do not protect sharks

Hammerhead sharks are Critically Endangered, and Costa Rica lands 10,000 specimens per year, with the joint blessing of the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute INCOPESCA the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission IATTC and the Central American Regional Fisheries Body Sica Ospesca.

COSTA RICA AND THE WORLD HAVE SAID NO TO SHRIMP TRAWL FISHERIES

The President of Costa Rica has vetoed the law that planned to renew the activity in the country.

The fight against shrimp trawling in Costa Rica is celebrating an important victory. Yesterday, October 20th 2020, Carlos Alvarado, Costa Rica’s president, has exert his right to veto the Decret 9909, which planned to renew fishing licenses to the shrimp trawling industry in Costa Rica.

This fight, going over since the 1990’s with CREMA, national and international NGO’s, small scale fishers, scientists, tour operators, local municipalities and thousands of citizens showing and manifesting their disagreement with the shrimp trawling and asking the government to finally shut down the industry. After a positive vote on Costa Rica’s national congress, the president tweeted yesterday:

“It is my responsibility to promote common good, to honor the Costa Rican tradition of protecting the environment, and to guarantee the right balance between economy vs sustainability. Consequently, I have veto the law that would reactivate trawling in Costa Rica.”

During last week national citizens have found different ways to protest against the congress decision, including two female activist who have been on a hunger strike outside the presidential house since the vote was casted. Protests and a huge social media campaign with the hashtag #vetelaley generated great pressure on president Alvarado, with the campaign reaching international levels.

“This is an important win, but we have won a battle, not the war. The fight goes on, we still have to defend our sharks, sea turtles, and other important wildlife from unsustainable fisheries, finding new opportunities and alternatives for responsible small scale fishers in the country” stated Daniel Arauz, biologist from CREMA. “Now, we need to put pressure on our congress and make sure that our congressmen and congresswoman finally bury this law and prevent this destructive industry from threatening our oceans”.

We thank everyone for the support during this campaign, and we invite you to keep supporting everyone in Costa Rica defending and fighting for the sustainable use of our marine resources. From CREMA, we will keep developing research projects in coastal communities with the aim that scientific information is used in the most positive way.

About CREMA

CREMA is a Costa Rican non-profit NGO founded in 2012. We are a marine conservation and research organization working to protect ocean resources and promote sustainable fisheries policies in Costa Rica and Central America.

Direction

Direct in the field conservation projects

Research

Research and outreach onboard commercial fishing vessels

Awareness

Public awareness and education

Policy Advocacy

Litigation and policy advocacy