Costa Rica, don't export that stockpile of hammerhead shark fins

Andy Bystrom
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Background:

In 2013, former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla (2010-2014) worked hard with national conservationists to project the nation as a global marine conservation pacesetter by leading the international campaign to include endangered hammerhead sharks in Appendix II of CITES in order to limit the species’ international trade. Soon thereafter the nation became one of the world’s few countries to ban the export of hammerhead shark fins. But as a growing stockpile of over 8 tons of fins sits in the port city of Puntarenas, current President Luis Guillermo Solís’ administration (2014-2018) has worked tirelessly to lift the ban and allow its export. Despite two official scientific panels of independent and government experts determining that the international trade of hammerhead shark products is detrimental to the species’ survival and shouldn't be allowed, the Solís administration has disregarded the panels’ scientific advice. Furthermore, it has appointed the Costa Rican Fisheries Institute, an entity overtly controlled by private fishery sector interests, as the new scientific body charged with deciding if the export of hammerhead shark fins should or shouldn’t be allowed. If the export of the stockpile is eventually allowed, the country would be a shameful example to the world of how CITES responsibilities can be circumvented. We want Costa Rica to stop being manipulated by those with economic interests at the expense of the environment and return to being a leader in marine conservation.

Petition:

Honorable President Luis Guillermo Solís, we hereby respectfully ask you to thwart all present and future attempts by private interests to circumvent protections granted to hammerhead sharks from international trade, by issuing a Presidential Decree that permanently bans the export of hammerhead shark fins stockpiled during dates pursuant with the current ban.

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  • Tamara
    Tamara Austria, Steyr
    Sep 12, 2017
    Sep 12, 2017
    animals peace life please ok
  • Bob Scott
    Bob Scott Canada, Toronto
    Sep 12, 2017
    Sep 12, 2017
    Went to CR once many years ago based on the hype around being "eco" friendly. Since that time, the "eco" has uncovered itself as "ego" and will happily never step foot on her soil again without massive changes. There's no longer anywhere to hide and this is yet another example...shame on all that masquerade as conservationists with pockets wide open!
  • Mylene Gamache-Tremblau
    Sep 12, 2017
    Sep 12, 2017
    I will never choose Costa Rica as my vaction destination if this ever happens, and will tell as many people as I can,
  • Michele Westmorland
    Michele Westmorland United States, Redmond
    Sep 11, 2017
    Sep 11, 2017
    Please do not export the stockpile of hammerhead shark fins! I keeps filling the Asian demand which needs to be completely banned. Our shark population cannot take any more reduction in numbers.
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