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Bien Hecho! Costa Rica Bans Shrimp Trawl Nets

This image shows how trawl nets effectively "bulldoze" the sea floor, destroying centuries' old coral formations and catching anything in their path. 

We are excited to share some great news out of our international offices – Costa Rica has banned the use of trawl nets to catch shrimp throughout the country! Trawl nets destroy our oceans -- ripping up the seafloor, razing coral reefs, and catching huge amounts of marine creatures as bycatch – so this ruling is a major victory for our oceans. It’s estimated that 871,000 tons of bony fishes, sharks, and rays were caught in Costa Rica as incidental bycatch of shrimp trawling between 1950 and 2008.


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