sailfish are stacked like cord wood
after their confiscation on a caldera
beach Tuesday. The fish appear to be
accidental catches by a commercial
de Seguridad Pública photo
called health hazard after illegal
By the A.M.
Costa Rica staff
As sports fishermen take to the Pacific
today there are about 2.8 tons of
sailfish they will not catch.
The fish, which are protected in part
for their benefit to tourism, were
confiscated by members of the
Servicio Nacional de Guardacostas when
they saw them being offloaded onto a
sandy beach in Caldera.
The unloading was from a large
Nicaraguan tuna fishing vessel in the
Gulf of Nicoya, and the procedure
appeared to be designed to avoid the
requirement to unload catches at
government docks for inspection.
A small boat was being used to bring the
fish to shore for eventual transport in
a nearby truck. The Ministerio de
sailfish, pez vela in Spanish,
are regulated due to their scientific
and tourism interests.
Sports fishermen practice catch and
release, so the dead fish represented
many lost hours of enjoyment for
The ministry said that the fish were
being placed on a beach with no regard
for sanitation. An inspector from the
Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal
declared the fish unfit for human
consumption, said the ministry. The fish
totaled 2,572 kilos.
Failing to unload at a government dock
only is punishable by a fine, but the
ministry said that the local prosecutor
ordered the coast guard to take custody
of the foreign tuna boat for
investigation. The crewmen also
confiscated the small launch.
|Government says its wants to raise
the retirement age
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
While teachers were protesting in the street
Wednesday, and other labor groups continue to
be enraged by potential salary cuts, the
central government added fuel to the fire.
As an aside to a statement about luxury
pensions, Casa Presidencial said that the
government backs a plan to raise the
retirement age to 70 and also suggested that
the amount deduced from employee paychecks for
health and pensions could nearly double.
The Presidencia was responding to a news
article that said leading political parties in
the legislature were backing away from a
proposal to cut what are called luxury
pensions. They are pensions that have been
fixed with annual increase, and sometimes the
monthly amount is
|excessive. The government said it
wanted to enact strong curbs. The government also said
it wanted to base pensions on standards issued
by the International Labour Organization.
But then the statement said that the
government also wants to raise the retirement
age by five years to 70, doing so over five
Then it also said that the monthly
contribution of workers that is now 9 percent
should be raised to 16 percent. The statement
was unclear if the increase would be in the
total social charges workers pay each month
or just the part that goes for pensions.
Workers now face deductions of 9 percent that
go to the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social,
to Banco Popular and a disability and death