Whaling banned in coastal waters, where endangered humpbacks breed
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Costa Rica has declared its coastal waters as a sanctuary for marine mammals, according to the Eco Preservation Society. The executive order issued by President Oscar Arias bans all hunting, catching, hurting, or in any other way harassing or trading cetaceans in all territorial waters, including those in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
Costa Rican waters serve as migration routes for whales, and marine scientists have confirmed that whales use some of the countries harbors and sheltered coastal waters to mate and give birth, including endangered humpbacks.
Costa Rica was also ratified as the headquarters for the West Pacific Conservation Marine Corridor, which takes in the area of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador), Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Coiba Island (Panama) and the Colombian islands Malpelo and Gorgona. Costa Rican Ricardo Meneses was confirmed at the top executive of the organization during the 16th Forum of Latin American and Caribbean Environment Ministers, held in the Dominican Republic.
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