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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.
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