SAMUDRA Report Articles

The Sea Gives Us Everything : Costa Rica : MPAs
  • :Vivienne Solís and Daniela Barguil
  • :59
  • :July
  • :2011

Several lessons can be learned about the conceptual and practical linkages between artisanal fishing communities and marine protected areas in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : MPAs

The Sea Gives Us Everything

Several lessons can be learned about the conceptual and practical linkages between artisanal fishing communities and marine protected areas in Costa Rica


This article, by Vivienne Solís (vsolis@coopesolidar.org) and Daniela Barguil, (dbarguil@coopesolidar.org), associates of CoopeSoliDar R.L.,is based on the collective knowledge of the organization. It also draws on discussions with coastal artisanal fishing communities in Costa Rica and other parts of central America


The sea gave me everything…my livelihood, sustenance, my children’s education and daily food. —Teofilo Naranjo, artisanal fisherman from Tárcoles

Teofilo Naranjo is an artisanal fisherman from the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. He has lived close to the sea for more than 70 years, and has three children—Jeannette, Rolando and Gilberto—who all live and work in Tárcoles, making a living from artisanal fishing, which has great significance for communities and livelihoods in Costa Rica, as in other parts of Central America.

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