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Issue No.58
  • :December
  • :2018


Sonia Medina Matarrita: Fisherwoman from Isla Venado, Costa Rica

Single but not alone

By Vivienne Solis Rivera (, Member ICSF, Costa Rica 

Born in Venado Island, in the Nicoya gulf of Costa Rica’s Puntarenas province, 44-year-old Sonia Medina Matarrita is part of the fourth generation of a small-scale artisanal fishing family. A single mother, Sonia has taken care of her family of two girls and one boy single-handedly for the past 13 years. The path has not been easy but all the years of struggle and hard work have paid off, and despite the odds, today Sonia has many achievements to her credit.

Sonia is the President of the fisher’s association of Venado Island, a post she has held for three consecutive years. Under her leadership, the association, which has 64 fishers as members, has been able to coordinate with academic institutions, such as the National University of Costa Rica; with state institutions, such as incopesca (Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuacultura or the Costa Rican Institute for Fisheries and Aquaculture), IMAS (Instituto Mixto de Ayuda Social or the Mix

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