Illegal fishing alleged as crew is detained at sea

The crew of a Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas boat stopped a fishing vessel and its six occupants near the Isla del Coco Sunday and said that the men were fishing illegally and taking fins from sharks.

The boat, “Los Pericos,” was about 10 nautical miles from the island inside the perimeter of a national park where fishing is prohibited. The boat contained 20 kilos of shark fins and a fishing line 12 miles long, the coast guard crew said.

The arrest of the crew and the taking of the boat was the third such action in the last 60 days, said the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas.

In addition to fishing in a prohibited area, the men face a charge of taking shark fins and dumping the carcasses back into the water. Costa Rican law requires sharks to be landed with the fins attached.

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