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17/08/2017

Panama and Costa Rica cooperate in sustainable artisanal fishing

Panama and Costa Rica plan on promoting small-scale fishing in conjunction with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

Fishing canoe

The civil servants of the Panama Aquatic Resources Authority (ARAP according to its acronym in Spanish) and the country's artisanal fish processors strive for progress in the application of the FAO's Voluntary Guidelines to achieve Sustainability in Small-Scale Fishing (DPPE), informed the UN organization.

FAO highlighted that Costa Rica "has taken important steps towards establishing national standards" for the "benefit of the sector and small-scale aquaculture based on human rights."

John Jorgensen, FAO Fishing Officer for Central America, stated at the meeting "in Panama, as in many other countries, there are challenges in ensuring sustainable management for fisheries."

The subsector of artisanal fishing, which accounts for approximately 90% of fishermen and women and half of the fish landings, "presents a special challenge for regulations due to geographical diversity and dispersion," he confirmed.

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