Environmentalists say plan dead for gulf tuna farming

An environmental group says that a plan to raise yellowfin tuna in cages in the Golfo Dulce has reached a dead end.

The organization, the Programa Restauración de Tortugas Marinas said that the country’s environmental agency said it no longer will consider a petition for the project.

Granjas Atuneras de Golfito S.A. worked for seven years to get approval of the plan. The idea was to install 80 cages in the gulf and stock them with young tuna. As they grow they would have been harvested for mainly foreign markets.

The shelving of the project request was by the Secretaria Tecnica National Ambiental in the Minsiterio de Ambiente, Energía y Telecomunicaciones.

The Secretaria Tecnica has granted permission in 2004 and again in 2008, but the proposal was attacked heavily by residents along the south Pacific coast and environmentalists.

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