Marine Life and Fish Stocks: Protecting Costa Rica’s Biodiversity is Good for the World and the Economy

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While last night’s United States Presidential debate ignored climate change, the biggest threat facing the world. World leaders continue to meet in India this week at the COP 11 (Conference of the Parties) hosted by the United Nations Environmental Program to discuss protecting biodiversity from complete collapse.  Sport fishermen, especially anglers, are very aware of the impact overfishing, climate change and ocean pollution are having on fish stocks because they experience the problem first hand. Many are long time conservation advocates whose work has played a critical role in passing important legislation to safeguard our oceans. Continue reading

Sailfish the National Fish of Costa Rica: Protecting Billfish


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Billfish are some of the ocean’s most beautiful strong fish and sailfish with their vibrant blue fins stand out. Sailfish are magnificent creatures of the sea that combine both strength and elegance in their form. Times are changing, and it is evident in the boats that pull into the marina now with their color tag and release flags flying off, showing off their catches for the day. Long gone are the days of billfish hanging proudly from the boats.  There is a campaign underway to make Sailfish the national fish of Costa Rica. Continue reading

Casting a Line for Tranquility: Fly Fishing in Costa Rica

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With the hectic pace of modern life and stress people are under today, Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to escape to for an outdoor adventure especially for fly fishing. You can form a deeper camaraderie with the people important to you or use the time to fly solo and reflect on your own life. From the fresh water lagoons to the remote jungle rivers to the deep saltwater, you can take on just about any kind of fishing experience that you can imagine. There is a something very therapeutic about the ancient art of fly fishing on these waters. It is a tranquil adventure.  Continue reading

Catch and Release Fishing: The History

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Costa Rica is known for fishing and the practice of catch and release is widespread now. It is method practiced these days all over the world as a result of conservation efforts and is widely supported by international professional anglers who understand that preserving fish stock is critical.  Anglers spend a lot of time out on the waters and familiar with the plentiful or not so plentiful fish stock making more them more aware of issues surrounding maintaining healthy populations. With the growth of commercial fishing many species are now threatened by overfishing and protecting fish populations from overfishing is now more important than ever before in history.  While Costa Rica has strong catch and release policies in effect and is probably one of the most popular destinations for anglers worldwide, the practice actually began in the UK. Continue reading

Costa Rica Bans Shark Finning: Major Victory for Biodiversity

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Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla signed a law-banning shark finning yesterday. The practice involves slicing off shark fins, often while the sharks are still alive and then throwing them back into the ocean to die. Costa Rica had loopholes in their previous legislation that banned the practice. It should also be noted that last week Costa Rica passed legislation banning hunting for sport. Huffington Post quoted President Chinchilla saying “Costa Rica may set an example to the world when it comes to environmental protection, but it must be noted that we have had a significant lag when it comes to protecting the oceans.” Continue reading