Costa Rica Receives International Shark Guardian 2013 Award

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The president of Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla, received the international award “Shark Guardian 2013”, awarded by the German organization “Shark Project” thanks to their policies to boost the protection of marine resources and for their fight against “finning” sharks.

    Chinchilla said at the event which gave her the recognition that this is an award for the country and for all environmental organizations working to protect marine species.

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    “We have achieved this thanks to a collective work by promoting significant progress to close loopholes on shark finning. This is a recognition for Costa Rica and all organizations that have managed to continue fighting this battle,” said Chinchilla.

    The award recognized the actions of Chinchilla for the creation of the Deputy Minister of Water and Mares, and the enactment of a regulation which prohibits the import, transport, transfer, and possession of shark fins in vessels within territorial waters.

    Chinchilla’s government also created the “Marine Management Area Seamounts”, a rich area adjacent to Isla del Coco biodiversity, which is listed by Unesco as a World Heritage Site.

    The “Shark Guardian 2013” is the second award for Costa Rica’s president during her administration because in 2011 she was honored with the award “Excellence in the National Administration of the Oceans”, awarded by the Peter Benchley Ocean Awards.

    Chinchilla said she felt very touched, grateful for this beautiful and noble gesture and highlighted that the efforts of people to understood the heritage that Costa Rica has in its seas, is not a national heritage, but it is a patrimony of humanity. ” (EFE)

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