Costa Rica Fully Bans Shark Fin Trade

Under existing legislation, shark finning itself had been banned in Costa Rica, but under a new executive order issued by President Laura Chinchilla, loopholes allowing the transport and import of shark fins have been closed, fully banning the shark fin trade.

Huffington Post quotes Chinchilla:

“Costa Rica may set an example to the world when it comes to environmental protection, but it must be noted that we had a significant lag when it comes to protecting the oceans.”

Towards enforcing the ban—always an issue—the President also announced a new $15 million investment in radar systems to target potential lawbreaking fishing boats.

The move on shark finning comes within days of legislation being put forward that outlaws sport hunting in Costa Rica.

As with the ban on sport hunting allowing subsistence hunting, the new law on shark finning still allows catching of entire sharks for food.

With all the recent moves by Costa Rica towards increasing conservation efforts, it does all make you think that all the legal action towards arresting and extraditing Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson really was entirely politically motivated, and had zero to do with the actual charges.



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By Mat McDermott, TreeHugger


Rachel Tinney
Rachel Tinney2 years ago

Yay!!!! This should be banned everywhere! and so should the culling and killing of sharks! 90% of the worlds population of large sharks are gone, they are integral to our ocean eco-systems being the Apex predator. Humans kill 100 million sharks per year.

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

When can other places follow this?

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Noted thanks... Wow

Tanya W.
Tanya W.2 years ago

Noted thanks... Wow

Vita Pagh
Vita P.3 years ago

So good to hear!!!

Marianne Good
Past Member 3 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

great news

Tanya W.
Tanya W.3 years ago

About time someone did!!! Thanks for shining your light like a beacon in the darkness Costa Rica!! Hope many more follow your example and sets the sharks free from the cruelty that wounds them.

Ewelina Grobelna
Ewelina Grobelna3 years ago

Finally some good news! Awesome news!!!!! Keep it up!!!

Sue H.
sue H.3 years ago

This is GREAT NEWS - now we need more countries to do this and enforce the laws against shark fining!!