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!

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