Costa Rica prepares to export more than 10 tons of hammerhead shark fins

22 international NGOs and 12,000 individuals from around the world express their concern February 19, 2018 – San José, Costa Rica Ten tons of hammerhead shark fins, accumulating in Inversiones Cruz S.A.’s warehouses since March 1, 2015 when the government issued an...

Help us protect sharks and sea turtles in 2018

Dear CREMA supporters, It's my pleasure to let you in on some great news.  The Sandler Foundation, a passionate supporter of CREMA's shark and sea turtle conservation efforts is matching dollar for dollar new donor contributions and contributions from existing donors...

Constitutional Chamber receives recourse against INCOPESCA for renewal of licenses for shrimp trawling

Constitutional Chamber receives recourse against INCOPESCA for renewal of licenses for shrimp trawling The appeal was accepted by the Constitutional Chamber as a new matter. The Resource was presented by Randall Arauz and Jorge Jimenez, on December 7, 2017.

First Chamber annuls Decree allowing the exportation of hammerhead shark fins

First Chamber annuls Decree allowing the exportation of hammerhead shark fins Pronouncement seeks...

CREMA is seeking scientists to coordinate sea turtle nesting projects for the 2021-2022 season.

We are seeking highly motivated, early-career scientists to work with us. Successful candidates will be actively engaged with an exciting community of volunteers, students, researchers, and local members wrapped in the magnificent mantra of the Costa Rican Pura Vida.

CREMA and Turtle Trax present its recent results on Sea Tutle Conservation during COVID 19 crisis.

As the saying goes: “every cloud has its silver lining.” Despite the global health emergency due to COVID-19, CREMA ‘s small working team continues in the battle to record and ensure to be present at our beaches to protect and conserve the nesting populations of sea turtles in the south of the Nicoya Peninsula.

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We invite all of you to support our effort and fight to protect endangered marine life.

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

From 2010 to 2017, from 8,000 to 10,000 bodies of hammerhead sharks were landed per year.  Nonetheless, from 2017 to 2019 the landings dropped from 4556 to only 488 bodies of hammerhead sharks (Figure 1).


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.

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

The small scale fishers of Coyote and Bejuco, Guanacaste, Costa Rica, landed more spotted rose snapper in 2019 than they had ever landed in any of the 12 previous years since records have been kept, with more than twice as much snapper landed when compared to 2011.


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