Costa Rica’s government is preparing to roll out a new set of fishing rigs as part of an effort to shore up its fishing industry.
A new plan announced Tuesday would allow people to bring their own gear into protected waters to fish for squid, scallops, bluefin tuna, mackerel, and other marine species.
It would be the first such effort to operate on the Atlantic coast, which is also the site of the largest concentration of commercial fishing in the world.
Costa Rica, which has one of the world’s most pristine oceans, is home to some of the most pristine coral reefs in the Atlantic.
But it also has a growing problem with tourism and illegal fishing.
Last year, Costa Rica banned all fishing vessels from entering the waters around the island of Puerto Rios.
The decision was made after the World Wildlife Fund warned that some of Costa Rica´s prized marine species could not be caught.
The new proposal to limit fishing was announced in response to the World Conservation Union’s “Sea Shepherd” campaign.
The organization has been fighting against commercial fishing since it began in 2006.
It recently released a report showing that Costa Rica is the world´s fourth-most polluted country.
The country is also known for its illegal fishing, and a recent law requires fishermen to wear masks when fishing.
A recent investigation found that nearly 200 tons of squid were caught illegally in Costa Rico last year.
The International Federation of Fishermen and Fisherwomen said it was important that Costa Ricans understand the importance of the ocean.
“If you look at the sea and look at how the marine life is impacted, we have so much more to protect than just the ocean,” said Paulo Sánchez, president of the federation.
“And if we can protect the ocean, the ocean will protect us.”
In June, the Costa Rican government signed a law that allowed fishermen to bring fishing gear onto protected waters.
But Sánchelos said that it would be impossible to make the rigs legal in a country that already bans fishing.
“If you are a fishing vessel, if you are an operator, you have to go through an inspection process,” he said.
“The inspection process is a lot longer than in the United States or Europe, where the regulations are very strict.”
The government said it would take a year to get the new rigs on the waters.
Costa Rican officials hope the new law will bring more visitors to the country and boost tourism.
In the meantime, Costa Ricos new plan is a step in the right direction.
“I don’t think we can get back to the state that we were before,” said Juan Francisco Vidal, who owns a small fishing boat and lives in a village called Nuevo Alta in the northern part of the island.
Vidal has been trying to stop illegal fishing in Costa Ricas waters since 2012.
He said the new fishing plan would allow him to fish again.
“It’s great that the government has decided to protect the environment and to try to stop this activity,” he told the Associated Press.
Costa Rican officials said that fishing is still illegal in some areas, including the coastal waters of Puerto Rico, and that the new plan will help protect the coast.
“We are all working on this together, so we will not lose this opportunity,” Vidal said.
Costa Rico has one ocean for the world to swim in, but it has struggled to keep up with growing demand for its precious seafood.
Last month, Costa Rican President Ricardo Martínez said that the country could no longer afford to keep the number of seafood processing plants going at the current rate of growth.