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Costa Rica Declares Zero Tolerance to Shark Finning

The Government of Costa Rica declared zero tolerance to shark finning, in a ceremony held this morning at Manuel Antonio National Park, Quepos. There, with the presence of environmentalists, the President of the Republic, Laura Chinchilla, signed an executive order. Under this order, imports of shark fins into the country will be banned. Shark finning practices were already forbidden in the Costa Rica territory and waters.

One Step Closer to Stricter EU Shark Finning Ban

Today, members of the European Parliament Fisheries Committee convened in Brussels to vote on a strict ban on shark finning, a practice that is rapidly thinning out the world’s vulnerable shark populations.

Sir Richard Branson Urges Costa Rica to Ban Shark Fin Imports

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This week, Richard Branson and former Costa Rica president, José María Figueres Olsen, urged Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla Miranda, in an open letter, to sign a Presidential Decree prohibiting the importation of all shark fins into Costa Rica.

WildAid Co-Hosts Marine Training Workshop in Ecuador

WildAid and Cotecna Certificadora Services hosted a four-day course earlier this month for officials from Agrocalidad, the Galapagos National Park, the Galapagos Government Council, and Charles Darwin Foundation. The training course focused on improving participants’ knowledge about international maritime regulations and practices related to the inspection of boats, containers, and cargo for the protection of human and environmental safety.

Yao Ming Heads to Africa to Document Rhino and Elephant Poaching Crisis

Former NBA star and WildAid Ambassador, Yao Ming

Former NBA star and WildAid Ambassador, Yao Ming, heads to Africa to document the poaching crisis facing rhinos and elephants, as a result of Asian demand for rhino horn and ivory.  

Check out Yao's blog to follow his journey.

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