11 Nov '11, 5pm

Latin America Climate, Energy and Environmental News: Week of 11/06 - 11/11/2011

In a victory for Costa Rican environmental NGOs and local residents, Costa Rica’s Environmental Secretariat (SETENA) has determined that it will no longer consider a controversial tuna farm project at the mouth of the Osa Peninsula’s Gulfo Dulce . If the project had moved forward it could have contaminated the region’s biologically rich marine ecosystem and coastal fishing areas. SETENA’s decision is based in part on the expiration of the company’s permit and an existing court order against the project. (Costa Rica Conservation Network, 11/10/2011) President Chinchilla met with model Leonora Jiménez and environmental activists Randall Arauz and Andrés Jiménez this week to discuss recent issues with shark finning in Costa Rica. This illegal fishing practice consists of capturing sharks, removing their fins, and throwing the live sharks back into the ocean in order to save c...

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