Coco Island Park Rangers Seize 1 Shark Finning Boat – 14 Others Get Away
Costa Rica News – Well The Costa Rican government had to do their monthly capture of 1 shark finning boat for August. The radar picked up 15 boats and they were “only able to pursue”, 1 of them. Most likely the other’s were Chinese boats that had already paid off the Costa Rican government to allow them to escape. Even wonder why Costa Rica wanted to have the Paul Watson trial here?
Easy answer…..The Costa Rican Government is receiving huge kick backs for allowing shark finning in their waters and needed to show they were serious about continuing to receive this money or they were pressured by the Asian countries to get him in prison here. Once in prison in Costa Rica he would have been killed quickly and made seem like it was a normal prison incident.
The Coco Island Rangers in a joint effort with the National Guard intercepted 1 boat with 47 shark fins. No doubt this was the boat that the Taiwanese allowed to get caught. It is like the drugs lords that ship cocaine to the USA that allow a shipment of 15 kilos to get seized from time to time. Governments look like they are trying to take care of the problem and the drug lords and shark finners have acceptable losses.
Geiner Golfín, park director, said the radar detected at least 15 boats in north, but they decided to pursue one.
“We proceeded to identify and made radio calls. The captain (Los Pericos) obeyed orders without any problem, nor resisted, “he said. Which of course was the case, all these guys have to do is keep their mouths shut and then they will get bailed out and receive a nice reward from the Costa Rican government for taking the fall while the other boats got away.
The ship, The Perishersis is registered in the name of the company in Puntarenas named Los Pericos Green SA and carried seven crew members.
During inspection of the ship, officers found the fins in the hold. The director explained that the fins correspond to the thresher shark species ( Alopias pelagicus ) and gray reef shark ( Carcharhinus falciformis ).
According to the Law on Fisheries and Aquaculture, No. 8436, it is an offense if the flaps are completely detached from the body of the shark.
The officers arrested the occupants, who were identified with the names Obando (captain), Matarrita, Jiron, Salas, Carrillo and Duarte, as well as an undocumented alien. None recorded in police records. It would be interesting to watch these Costa Rican’s Bank accounts over the next month or so.
Aug 15th – The Costa Rican Times has found out this boat captain that was arrested did not even get jail time nor fined. He was let off with a slap on the wrist and was told please don’t do this again. Even when the Costa Rican Government catches shark finners they let them go. More Proof they are just in it for the kick backs and money. I wonder what they would have received if Paul Watson had been killed in their prison system? My guess…..private schools and big houses for all the government officials that would help make that possible.