Opposition is developing to a legislative proposal to allow Costa Rican fishing crews to trawl for shrimp. The fishing method was declared unconstitutional by the Sala IV, but lawmakers from Puntarenas are trying to pass a law that would sidestep the constitutional court ruling.
Lawmakers from the Partido Acción Ciudadana made their opposition known Tuesday. They said that environmental organizations also opposed the measure. The lawmakers are María Eugenia Venegas and Jorge Gamboa.
The measure already has been reported out of the Comisión de Asuntos Puntarenenses, and sent to the full legislature for debate. That has not yet come up.
The main reasons against this type of fishing is that trawling nets inflict damage on the coral and the rest of the sea floor and that turtles frequently are captured and killed by mistake.