The Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas, detained a fishing boat Sunday morning and said it contained 80 shark fines. Transporting shark fins is now illegal in Costa Rica.
In addition the fishing boat had more than its allowance of sailfish, a sport fish that can be no more than 15 percent of a fishing harvest, said the Guardacostas.
The boat, “La Z,” was registered in Puntarenas. The search by the Guardacosta crew was just off Quepos. A more complete search was done Monday, officers said. The 80 shark fins represent the death of 20 shark, said the Guardacostas.
Representatives of the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura and the Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal participated in the search. Some 762 kilos of fish were deemed unfit for consumption and condemned, said the Guardacostas.