A presumed fisherman who came at police officers with a machete suffered a bullet wound and was detained, Casa Presidencial reported Thursday.
The arrest followed a melee in which five police officers were injured and official cars were stoned. The location was at Playa Manzanillo in the Gulf of Nicoya.
Fuerza Pública officers, members of the Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas and the workers from the Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura converged on Manzanillo. Some 60 members of law enforcement arrived at the location and confronted some 300 fishermen Thursday morning. Casa Presidencial said the officers were greeted with stones and knives.
The objective was to prevent illegal fishing, said Casa Presidencial. Eventually a large amount of fishing gear, including drag nets and fish traps, were confiscated, said the report.
Also involved were employees of the nation’s Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroalimentaria.