President Laura Chinchilla Tuesday swore in a six-person panel that is supposed to advise the executive branch on governing the maritime areas of the country. The panel is in addition to the existing agency that is supposed to do that, the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura.
The panel will begin work next year for three months in which it is supposed to diagnose problems with the management of the seas. The panel is supposed to have input from the public and interested economic sectors.
Marco Quesada of conservation International is the only non-governmental member of the panel, which is headed by María Virginia Cajiao, the president’s environmental adviser.