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Subject: Costa Rica Launches New Fishing Restrictions
(Posted on Feb 19, 2014 at 03:14PM by Lee Byard)

laura chinchilla costa rica fishing lawsSustainability defines many of Costa Rica’s recent legislations. As urged by President Laura Chinchilla, the country has shifted its political and environmental policies, blending them together to protect the dynamic ecosystems found within each region.

The Tico Times now reports that Chinchilla is taking yet another step toward conservation.

On February 17, 2014, it was announced that Chinchilla - with help from the Agriculture and Livestock Ministry, the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute and the Fisheries and Aquaculture Organization of the Central American Isthmus - has created stricter fishing regulations. Fish Aggregating Devices, known commonly as FADs and used to target specific creatures (such as Marlins or Tunas), are no longer permitted. All charters must instead limit their practices, complying with catch and release laws and maintaining specified breed standards.

Chinchilla’s actions have been praised within the environmental community. Through this FADs ban Costa Rica will spare itself the ecological horror of overfishing, which decimates breed populations, damages eco-systems and harms local businesses. These regulations will ensure a safer - and more vibrant - Pacific.

To learn more about President Chinchilla’s regulations click here.

Contact Costa Rica Fishing Adventures to see how these policies will impact charter tours and promotions.
Subject: Quepos Hosts 2014 Offshore Championship
(Posted on Jan 7, 2014 at 07:25AM by Lee Byard)

los suenos costa ricaCosta Rica dominates the deep sea scene and 2014 will prove to be no exception.

The 2014 Offshore World Championship, an annual tournament dedicated to catch and release fishing, will once again be held in Quepos, Costa Rica. This tiny seaside town will soon host a wave of anglers and charter crews - all hoping to snatch mighty Marlins, Sailfish and Swordfish from the Pacific.

The Offshore World Championship is the largest fishing competition of its kind. It occurs from April 6 to April 11, flooding the Central coast with hundreds of charter ships and thousands of lines. Participants race to catch as many fish as possible, trying to shatter records and qualify for prizes. It’s a thrilling event and it will brand Quepos - as well as the surrounding areas of Los Suenos, Manuel Antonio and Jaco - as a sport fishing mecca.

To learn more about the championship click here.

Costa Rica Fishing Adventures anxiously awaits the arrival of the 2014 Offshore tournament. Contact us about any accommodation, charter tour or promotional options.
Subject: Hidden Natural Treasures Around Costa Rica
(Posted on Dec 10, 2013 at 10:00AM )

fishing los suenosCosta Rica is known for more than being a world-renowned fishing destination. On top of offering a host of top-notch spots for sport fishermen, the region is a haven for travellers searching for natural, untouched beauty. 

For visitors with a wanderlust and a ready rod, a charter fishing trip to Costa's Rica's Cocos Island is a must-do trip. If you've ever wondered how it would feel to be the only soul on a desert island, Cocos Island can help put your curiosity to rest. The uninhabited isle, about 500 kilometres from Costa Rica's Pacific side, is one of the country's national parks and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

After spending some time fishing along the western coast in Los Suenos or Jaco, make the relatively short trip into the depths of the Pacific. Aside from its beautiful virgin beaches, the waters around Cocos are a haven for hammerhead sharks, according to Marlin magazine. And while the island's park and heritage statuses mean the surrounding waters are protected, Costa Rica's sport fishermen can wander a mere eight miles from the isle's beaches to find premier striped Marlin fishing territory. 

Subject: Costa Rica Joins World Wildlife Fund Initiative
(Posted on Dec 5, 2013 at 07:17AM by Lee Byard)

los suenos fishingThe World Wildlife Fund, known more commonly as WWF, is an international organization that champions environmental policies. Through its persistent efforts, it has become a beacon of sustainability. Earning its respect is no easy feat.

Costa Rica recently managed to, however.

According to The Fish Site, Costa Rica has pledged to end the overfishing epidemic. The country - along with New Zealand, Argentina, Iceland, the United States and other trade giants - has agreed to ban overcapacity fishing fleets and also refuses to introduce subsidiary programs that endanger waterways.

This is a vital stance toward conservation. As Dr. Pak Efransjah, CEO of WWF Indonesia, explains, “Bad subsidies undermine good management, while good subsidies support management, sustainability and development. (These) guidelines are an important step in the right direction."

Costa Rica’s efforts will help to rebuild marine populations and ensure efficient fishery management. This will have long-lasting impacts on Los Suenos, Jaco and the rest of the Central Pacific.

To read the full article click here.

To learn more about the World Wildlife Fund click here.

To reserve a environmentally-conscious charter tour click here.
Subject: Costa Rican President Declared Guardian Of Sharks
(Posted on Dec 3, 2013 at 07:17AM by Lee Byard)

fishing los suenosShark finning is a process condemned throughout the world - both for its cruelty and its damning population effects. Within the last decade fishermen have decimated entire pods, and the Pacific Ocean has been severely impacted.

A Tico Times article proves that Costa Rica will no longer stand for such atrocities.

On November 28, 2013, the Tico Times reported that Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla recently closed private docks in the Puntarenas region. These docks had previously served as gateways to finning expeditions, with fishermen flocking to their open waters and lax legislations. There over 90% of local breeds were routinely slaughtered.

Chinchilla was horrified, banning not only the use of the docks but the process of finning itself - and her actions have been noted.

The international organization Sharkproject has named Chinchilla “Shark Guardian of the Year”, lauding her efforts and encouraging others to follow her example. Her stance on both conservational and marine laws has made her a beacon of progress. Through her Costa Rica's creatures can be saved.

To read more about Chincilla’s quest click here.

To see Los Suenos' shark population up close click here.
Subject: Costa Rica Seeks Sustainable Marine Life
(Posted on Nov 19, 2013 at 11:39AM by Lee Byard)

los suenos costa ricaThe heart of the Costa Rica beats Pacific blue.

Deep sea tourism dominates the Central region, with thousands of anglers arriving to the Los Suenos and Jaco areas throughout the year. Charter services fuel the economy, and preserving that income has become the goal of fishermen and advocates alike.

That goal recently became obtainable.

According to Costa Rica News, the Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture and the Foundation for the Development and the Promotion of Research and Transfer Agricultural Technology of Costa Rica have banded together to create a sustainable initiative. This initiative seeks to bring in private companies, who will then offer grants for extensive marine development. These companies will help to stimulate local industries, as well as strengthen conservation laws.

Through this act the Costa Rican economy can be fortified, with six areas (Palito-Montero, Horse Island, Golfo Dulce, San Juanillo, Medlar and Tarcoles) already reaping the benefits.

To read the full article click here.

To learn more about charter services and marine activities click here.
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