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Dozens of artisanal fishermen in Costa Rica demonstrated against trawling October 22,2020   |  Source: MENAFN

A group of dozens of artisanal fishermen in Costa Rica demonstrated against the reactivation of trawling on October 19 in front of the Legislative Assembly. They held a meeting with deputies José María Villalta, Ana Karine Niño, Luis Antonio Aiza, Mileyde Alvarado, and Paola Vega, according to Martín Contreras, president of the Guanacaste Chamber of Fishermen.

"Today we have the participation of certain deputies who at that time did not vote and today we have them saying no to trawling. We feel that the legislative environment is changing," said the group´s leader.

The fishermen r suffered attacks and roadblocks from shrimp workers during the trip to the Legislative Assembly in Barranca and La Angostura. At this last point, one of the fishing buses was shot in a tire.

Despite this, the protesters were present in the Legislative Assembly in rejection of the bill that would seek to reactivate trawling. This would be close to being voted on in the second debate.

The law file was already approved in the first debate and received the endorsement of the Constitutional Chamber, despite not having robust studies that demonstrate its environmental sustainability. Still, the fishermen were optimistic.

"The deployment that we show today of all the fishing communities

 

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