Costa Rica to tackle pelagic fishery sustainability
In Costa Rica, tuna and related species represent more than 60 percent of the catches within a fishing sector that in 2012 provided around 7200 jobs nationally, with 23 percent in harvesting, 72 percent in processing, and 6 percent in distribution of seafood products.
The FIP is being developed within the framework of the National Platform for Sustainable Large Pelagics Fisheries.
The platform is driven by all relevant stakeholders involved in the fishery, enabled by the United Nations Development Programme, and guided by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, the Costa Rican Institute of Fishing and Aquaculture and the Ministry of Environment and Energy.
Costa Rica’s National Chamber of Exporters of Fishing and Aquaculture Products and the National Federation of Fisheries Organizations are highly committed to the development of the FIP, and are already working to publicise ongoing improvements. ■