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Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries (REBYC-II LAC)

Costa Rica

Costa Rica prioritizes the protection of biodiversity, as evidenced by the large number of protected areas currently in place. Tourism is central to the country’s economy, driving many conservation initiatives. Costa Rica is in the process of developing a new national development plan for 2015-2019. Currently, there are initiatives for civil society governance models, such as the Marine Areas for Responsible Fishing that are of interest to the REBYC-II LAC project in the context of co-management. In 2013, Costa Rica banned shrimp trawling through a non-renewal of industrial fishing licenses program. The REBYC-II LAC project national activities include an analysis of the alternative livelihoods of fishermen who have been affected by the shrimp trawl ban.


REBYC-II LAC Pilot Sites: Costa Rica has two sites: Golfo de Nicoya and outside the Golfo de Nicoya on the Pacific coast.

Recent news from Costa Rica

The ecosystem approach seeks to balance ecological and human well-being through good governance. March 15, San Jose, Costa Rica. Technicians from the Costa Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture (INCOPESCA) learn about the Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM), with the purpose of developing a plan for the integral management of...
15/03/2018
Regional meeting promotes the exchange of experiences, problems and approach of solutions for the different countries that work on the project REBYC-II LAC’s steering committee learned about the greatest progress made in Latin American and The Caribbean and approved the work plan proposed for 2018 San Jose, November 2017. Scientists, fishery experts...
13/12/2017
REBYC will conduct the first tests with bycatch reduction devices (BRD) to understand their impact on catch composition in Costa Rican bottom trawl fisheries. Vessels from Puntarenas will participate in the research that is being carried out in a transparent, shared and participatory process.   Puntarenas, July 26th, 2017.  Fishers, fish workers...
07/11/2017
FAO is helping revolutionize fishing livelihoods in Latin America and the Caribbean. Supported by Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Sustainable Management of Bycatch in Latin America and Caribbean Trawl Fisheries (REBYC-II LAC) project seeks to reduce food loss and enhance food availability by improving the management and use of bycatch and...
08/06/2017