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Name And Shame: Costa Rican Pirate Fishermen Who Illegally Enter Cocos Islands Identified; 'The Authorities Are So Lax'
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SAN JOSE, Costa Rica -- Costa Rican authorities have published a list of illegal pirate fishermen who have been operating within the Cocos Island marine protected area. The shameful first place prize for illegal entrance goes to "Albatros" with 23 illegal entries, followed by the vessel "Franju III" with 20 illegal entries, and in third place "Chaday1" with 18. In addition, the Franju S.A. company (CJ-603220049) and its vessels "Franju II" and "Coopepes 20", is responsible for 24 illegal entries.

These are the findings from the First List of Identified Vessels Illegally Entering Cocos Island, between January 2010 - September 2011, presented this past November 22 by the Minister of the Environment, Rene Castro (DM-952-2011), to Incopesca's president, Luis Dobles. Minister Castro also noted that these vessels used subsidized fuel in order to make these illegal fishing trips to Cocos Island and that they are in violation of their 40 mile navigation limits. The list contains 13 repeat offenders that constantly enter the Marine Protected Area of the Cocos Island National Park, a 22 km area where fishing is prohibited around the island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997.

"In Costa Rica there are hundreds of vessels operating in the Pacific, the large majority of which have captains and crews that want to contribute to a sustainable fishing industry," expressed Randall Arauz. "Unfortunately, this small group of 13 pirates is inflicting great damage on the country, nature, and their industry's reputation," said Arauz.

"The problem it that they're never punished, and they have no fear of violating the law time and time again," said Andres Jimenez. "Incopesca knows all about the comings and goings of these boats, but it keeps permitting the use of subsidized fuel and doesn't hold them accountable for their actions," continued Jimenez.

"Because the authorities are so lax when it comes to taking action against these pirates, were asking the country's fisheries directors to blow the whistle on these folks," said Leonora Jimenez. "It's all of our responsibility to protect Cocos Island and the biological treasure it represents, especially the national fisheries sector, one that's in need of sustainable fishing politics," added the international model.

Minister Castro asked Incopesca for a report detailing the administrative actions and judicial processes it has taken with the intention of conserving the environment and regulating the correct use of subsidized fuel and the correct use of navigation licenses.

For more information, see www.pretoma.org.

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Okay, so you (Costa Rican authorities) have pointed your finger at these boats and fishermen ... now what? Will you confine these boats to the docks for one year or more? Will you remove the corrupt officials of INCOPESCA and incarcerate them along with the fishermen? Will you replace these corrupt officials with people who will do their job as required by law? You have made a necessary first step; now I encourage you to follow through with a long-term, concerted effort to stop this illegal destruction of marine life. If you, as Costa Rican officials, do not do so, it is time to see that you also are replaced.
   comment# 1   - Bruce Williams · Durango, CO USA · Nov 30, 2011 @ 4:38pm

blow up there boats, no questions ask
   comment# 3   - larry · usa · Nov 30, 2011 @ 7:46pm

Costa Rica and Costa Ricans have an ingrained attitude that all rules are made to be broken and never ever apply to them. In Costa Rica, nobody ever breaks a glass, instead, the glass breaks itself! Se quebro. It is a national pastime to see what they can get away with,by who they know, no matter how rich or how poor. It is really sad. A beautiful and well intended society is slowly consuming itself from the inside out with casual daily moral and self serving selfish choices, evident in numerous past Presidents either in jail,in exile,or under indictment, to the poor camposino illegally cutting mangrove to make an extra colon.(nat'l currency) My house was robbed dozens of times and even when the thieves we're caught red handed, with a judge documenting the raid by the police...Nobody was ever punished or went to jail. Just like these fishermen.
   comment# 2   - Eddie Dearling · Portland,Oregon · Dec 1, 2011 @ 1:58am

Time for some direct action.
   comment# 4   - Anon · Global Citizen · Dec 3, 2011 @ 8:32pm

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   comment# 5   - ALLISON KARALUS · GLEN ELLYN, IL USA · Dec 6, 2011 @ 9:50am
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