A shark is worth more alive than dead


Sharks are a group of highly successful predators, and many species play an important role in marine ecosystems. For example, the biggest sharks can control the abundance and distribution of species of smaller size, thus regulating the diversity and maintaining the health of marine ecosystems.

Los tiburones pueden ser una fuente de ingreso a través del ecoturismo. Foto por Sijmon de Waal

Sharks can be a source of income through ecotourism. Photo by Sijmon de Waal

Moreover, in several regions of the world it has been discovered that some shark species may stimulate the local economy through ecotourism. Therefore, the real value of sharks goes far beyond marketing their meat and/or fins, for example, it is estimated that ecotourism activities around sharks can generate more than $ 314 million per year in the world. This has led to think that, both ecologically and economically, a shark is more valuable alive than dead. Continue reading

About the authorization to export hammerhead shark fins





Ana Gloria Guzmán, Marine Program Manager CI Costa Rica



Let’s assume that those nearly 2000 sharks that a private company is trying to export with the approval of our authorities, are indeed the product of by-catch. That is, that they were fished by accident. This is an argument that nor INCOPESCA or MINAE can prove with facts.

Let’s also assume that all, or a high percentage of that catch was captured by artisanal fishers with license and legal fishing gear. This too, cannot be proven by our authorities. In fact, there are studies that show that artisanal fishers do not target adult hammerhead sharks, like the ones that are to be exported. Continue reading

10 things you didn’t know about Hammerhead Sharks


1- Sharks have been around before dinosaurs. 

Studies of shark’s predecessors show that they appeared more than 400 million years ago, 100 million prior to dinosaurs. And sharks are still here.

2- Hammerhead sharks can be found around the world, from oceanic to shallow waters.

Hammerhead sharks move from deep waters to mangrove estuaries. This shallow coastal waters are used by females to give birth, since there they can find enough food and protection against predators.  Continue reading