Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Activists celebrate Shark Finning Birthday in front of the Costa Rican Supreme Court of Justice.

Last Wednesday February 17, over 100 activists sang "Happy Birthday" to the Judges of Costa Rica's Supreme Court of Justice, to celebrate the 3rd year of waiting for a resolution that could finally put an end to shark finning in Costa Rica.
Since January of 2006, the Constitutional Court of the Supreme Court of Justice, ruled in favor of a Constitutional Lawsuit filed by Pretoma (04-001511-0007-CO), in which the use of public infrastructure is ordered for the landing of fishery products by the foreign shark finning fleet. In February of 2007, a year later, Pretoma filed a contempt suit against the Ministry of Public Transportations, Incopesca, Customs, and Ministry of Environment, because the authorities had ignored the orders of the Constitutional Court. Three years later, the Costa Rican people are still waiting for a resolution, while the foreign fleet continues to carelessly land sharks and fins in the privacy of their dock.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Invitation to Shark Finning Birthday Party

Pretoma's lawsuit against the use of private docks by foreign fishing boats to illegally offload shark fins is turning 3 years old this month. While they continue to wait for a ruling on the case, they've decided to "celebrate" the event by throwing a birthday party with a giant cake and other activities.

Place: In front of the Supreme Court, San José, Costa Rica
Date: Wednesday, February 17
Time: 11:00 am

Pretoma filed suit against Incopesca, Mopt, Minaet, and Customs, citing the agencies were in contempt of the Supreme Court's ruling (Voto 1109-2006) mandating that foreign boats use public installations in Puntarenas to offload their cargo. By not upholding the court's order, the aforementioned agencies are allowing hundreds of tons of unregulated shark fins to pour into the country via private docks whose ownershave turned a blind eye to the court order and the interest of the Costa Rican public.Through this peaceful "birthday party" we want to remind the Supreme Court thatCosta Ricans are still waiting for the court's final decision that will uphold the responsible management of sharks and the country's marine resources.

If you are in San Jose...join the party in support against shark-finning!