What to Do?….. Careless Fishermen

24 Feb

After putting up 4 buoys marking off the project in a square above the water and building a border around the entire project underwater, fishermen still continue to do damage to our project.   We have no issue with the casual sport fisherman or the motivated spear-fisher, but when fishermen drop their nets and drag them across a government sanctioned project and destroy our artificial reef units it’s totally unacceptable.  Last week we had to rebuild a unit that was destroyed by a fishing net that was caught and pulled a structure apart.  It seems that every month or so we’re cleaning up after irresponsible fishermen dragging their gear straight through the project.

We are working to build new, stronger, and more reinforced structures, but it’s unbelievable that fishermen are still dropping their nets in the protected zone.  This is MINAE protected zone. If you see or know anyone that uses the CondoFish area to drop nets or anchors…….tell them the government is watching them and that what they’re doing is bad for the Playa Hermosa community and the fish population in the bay.

We are helping to increase the fish population in the area!  Why slow CondoFish down?

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Who is MINAE?

Monteverde Waterfall “As a resource with enormous potential, the biodiversity in Costa Rica plays an instrumental role in the country’s development. As compared to the other tropical regions in the world, this tiny Latin American country contains great diversity of species and ecosystems.

The institution responsible for implementation, management and the administration of biodiversity in Costa Rica is the MINAE (Ministry of the Environment and Energy). This government agency is responsible for the coordination of all issues regarding conservation and natural resources in the country.
Managing the National Parks and Wildlife Refuges of Costa Rica, MINAE responded to the growing conservation needs of the country and created 11 Conservation Areas. The department of SINAC (National System of Conservation Areas) oversees and manages the public lands and is headed by a Directorate that provides technical support. These Conservation Areas undertake a decentralized management of biodiversity with the active participation of the local communities surrounding the protected areas.

There are several units in MINAE that includes: Costa Rican Technical Unit, Geology and Mining, Meteorology and the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC). SINAC specializes in policies related to conservation and its management.The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) for Costa Rica has developed several conservation programs for the endangered wildlife of the region. It collects vital data, surveys and documents the evidence for marine turtles and jaguar predating. The collected data helps in managing projects related to conservation of animals.

MINAE strives for high levels of environmental protection and conservation. The various ongoing projects have helped foster bilateral objectives regarding environmental protection. Thanks to the conservation efforts of MINAE and the support of the private sector, the percentage of protected territory in the country has increased. During the past few years MINAE has been able to ensure that great emphasis is placed on implementing the accumulated studies and methodologies for the benefit of protected areas. Ecotourism, biosphere projects, environmental service payments and medicinal plantation are just some of the programs that it has been able to implement.

The continued efforts of MINAE have facilitated in improving the environmental laws, strengthening the animal preservation policies and increasing public awareness. These objectives have been achieved by training and education of the public sector, broadening the citizen’s participation in preservation projects, technical assistance and through the exchange of information.”

MINAE Aerticle from GoVisitCostaRica.com

-http://www.govisitcostarica.com/sustainability/article.asp?atid=43

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