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Issue No:75
  • :January
  • :2017

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
—a Native American saying

Costa Rica / SHRIMP FISHERY

Achieving a Balance

Traditional knowledge has proved to be relevant for the management of shrimp fisheries on the Pacific and Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica


The article is a synthesis of the case study undertaken as part of a regional research project organized by ICSF and CoopeSoliDar R.L, on traditional knowledge and the fisheries of the Central American region. It was written by Carlos Andrés Brenes Tencio (carlitos_brenes86@hotmail.com), social anthropologist and researcher associated with CoopeSoliDar R.L., Costa Rica


The Discussion Table for the sustainable use of shrimp in Costa Rica, organized by the Research Group, which is part of the National Dialogue Round Table geared towards sustainable shrimp exploitation, was a space for dialogue and consensus proposals that took into consideration both scientific and traditional knowledge. These inputs were reflected in the process of participatory mapping. The mapping was developed with the idea of generating a marine spatial planning process that can reconcile conservation and utilization of coastal and marine resources in a more equitable manner.

In this research experience, traditional knowledge has played a prominent role not only because of the scarcity of scientific information,...

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