I’ve had recent contact with Todd Staley, the Fishing Director of Crocodile Bay Resort in Costa Rica and I’ve agreed to help spread the word about some proposed changes in the Costa Rica laws for commercial fishing.
1.2 million pounds of Sailfish meat passed through the Costa Rican Fish Wholesalers in 2006…
The group that regulates commercial fishing in Costa Rica is INCOPESCA.
They recently had the legal limit of Sailfish that long-line fishing boats may keep raised to 15% of their total catch.
Now…The want to increase that to 25% of total catch and allow 35% in the months of January through April…our high season for Sailfish.
They are targeting Sailfish as a commercial fish.
Other Central American countries have realized the value of Sailfish to their economy as a sport fish and prohibit commercial fishing for them.
If you are a captain or fisherman it’s time to speak up. Please take 5 minutes and send a mail encouraging the Costa Rican government to prohibit the commercial fishing of Sailfish and Marlin.
A Sailfish that can be caught and released several times is much better for the economy than a Sailfish that is ground up for Dog Food.