Tuna catch limited in the Pacific
Wednesday, October 22, 2014, 23:50 (GMT + 9)
The national government and the Costa Rican Fishing and Aquaculture Institute (INCOPESCA) decided to limit fishing for tuna and other related species in two areas of the Costa Rican Pacific Ocean in order to protect these resources for the long term.
INCOPESCA president, Gustavo Meneses, stated the first area will extend up to 40 nautical miles (74 km) from the coast. In this area artisanal fishermen and medium scale longliners are allowed to operate.
The second area will be beyond 40 nm. There larger-scale longline vessels and large vessels using purse seine gear will be able to fish.
Between the two areas there will be a buffer zone.
The decree signed by Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís excludes the Cocos Island National Park and Submarine Seamount area because these areas are governed by their own protection laws.
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