Costa Rica Fisheries

The overexploitation of marine fisheries is a major global issue and a key driver of changes in the marine environment. A variety of related factors are behind this, including our growing global appetite for seafood. With 3.5% of the world’s marine biodiversity and a valuable fishing industry, Costa Rica is one of the countries facing the difficult challenge of balancing pressing conservation needs with the further development of a vital economic sector.

Working together for sustainable fisheries in Costa Rica

In 2016, the National Platform for Sustainable Fisheries of Large Pelagics, led by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, alongside the Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture and the Ministry of Environment and Energy, and enabled by GCP was launched. This Platform provides a neutral space where stakeholders from across the industry can discuss the challenges they face and what a sustainable industry for large pelagic might look like. The ultimate goal is to develop and implement a National Action Plan and a Fishery Improvement Project (FIP), which is backed by the majority of stakeholders, so that sustainability can be integrated into the large pelagic industry.

Costa Rican waters are part of the Great Marine Ecosystem of the Central American Pacific and of the East Tropical Pacific Scenery, together with Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador. The large pelagic industry in Costa Rica provides direct employment for 16,000 people.

This would involve: creating multi-sector commitments, developing and monitoring actions that address the root causes of unsustainable fishery, while establishing alliances and investments that enable improvements. It would also involve enabling the public, both in Costa Rica and globally, to see where changes are being made through a fully transparent progress monitoring system.     

 

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