Costa Rica is looking forward to export more the 10 tones of hammerhead shark fins stored since this exportations were banned in 2015. The government’s position overrule the scientific position and subserves only the shark fin trade sector leaving the sharks unprotected regardless of the hard work that international conventions are making to regulate the trade and protect the most vulnerable species. Costa Rica should be protecting its resources at all costs rather than only please the fin trade sector that is the only one who gains from the trade of threatened species. This is the former Director of SINAC, Julio Jurado, was the one who canceled the CRACCITES (Council of representatives of the CITES scientific authority in spanish) which banned the export of hammerhead shark fins in August 2015. He formed a new CRACCITES, more alike to the fishing interests and also including the participation of shark exporters. As his new CRACCITES failed him and also voted against allowing the export of hammerhead shark fins just a month ago, the answer is to cancel the CRACCITES again and assemble one where scientists are carefully chosen by INCOPESCA. The highest fishing authority in Costa Rica. Again overruling the scientific position of CITES.

 

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