Yesterday morning the costarrican coastguard seized a panamenian Tuna ship while fishing in Coco’s Island jurisdictional waters. The ship was reported being sighted by Marviva, an ecological organization whose boat was in the area.
The boat in question had captured about thirteen tons of tuna, and other species while fishing ilegally in Costarrican waters. This is the first time the Costarrican government captures an alien fishing boat in what seems to be a clear demonstration that Costa Rica’s laws concerning national parks and natural refuges will be enforced.
The ship with all it’s load and equipment, including a helicopter used for spotting tuna, was confiscated and taken to the port of Puntarenas, where it will remain, with it’s crew until processed by the law. About 3 tons of tuna that were still alive were dumped back into the Pacific, and the rest will go to INCOPESCA, the cooperative that’s in charge of fishing affairs in Costa Rica.
Coco’s Island is one the first candidates for the election of “The New 7 Wonders of The World”, because of it’s wide variety of marine biodiversity. It’s being monitored regularly by a series of organizations from around the world