Golfito fishing boat captain caught with a sack of illegal shark fins

Members of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas have detained a fishing boat captain in Golfito after they said they found a 36-kilo sack of 153 shark fins on his boat, the “Emily G.”  Shark finning has been declared illegal by President Laura Chinchilla.

The coast guard said the boat was boarded when it docked in the southern Costa Rica port. An inspection turned up the shark fins among fish that had been taken legally, the agency said.

Félix Villalobos of the Golfito coast guard station estimated that the number of fins required the capture and killing of about 40 sharks, said the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública.

The Sunday night action was one of three against illegal fishing, said the agency.  Another patrol boat discovered about 700 meters of illegal nets in the Pacific off  Punta Burica. And Monday the coast guards located a commercial fishing boat near Golfito that was using live bait, another illegal practice, the agency said.

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