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San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 209
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New tuna decree reduces coastal area outlined in earlier decree
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The president signed a decree Tuesday that specifies two areas in the Pacific national waters where commercial fishermen can seek tuna and similar species.

The decree invalidates one that has been signed by president Laura Chinchilla in April. That decree never took effect because it never was published.

The decree appears to keep commercial tuna fishermen 40 nautical miles from the Pacific coast. That is about 46 statute miles. The Chinchilla decree said 60 miles.

Environmentalists said they would have preferred 100 miles.
The Luis Guillermo Solís decree also put the job of drawing up details rules in the hands of the  Instituto Costarricense de Pesca y Acuicultura, which generally is regarded as being pro-commercial fishery.

The new decree would require, as did the Chinchilla decree, that larger commercial boats carry a monitoring device that emits the location. There also is a provision for licensing.

A big concern with environmentalists are the circle nets that commercial tuna fishermen use. They trap dolphin and other non-tuna species, including sea turtles. Dolphins are mammals and can drown if trapped in a net.

The fisheries institute has a year to draw up detailed management plans, said the decree.


Double murder seems to have uncovered string of serial killings
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Investigators are following the trail left by a man accused of a
Duarte
William Duarte Gaitán
double murder in Sixaola.

As a result, they found the bones presumed to be of a missing agricultural worker in a shallow grave in Suerre de Pococí Monday. The identification will not be conclusive until family members are located and DNA test are run, but agents are pretty sure the bones are those of William Duarte Gaitán, 56,  who was murdered last Jan. 6.

Investigators have inside information, perhaps even from the suspect, that led them to the grave and helped them make the identification.

Duarte worked for a property owner who
also is missing. The suspect in these cases is Florentino Elizondo Ríos, 41, who came into police hands early Sunday after hiding out in the jungle for nearly four days.
The Judicial Investigating Organization is handling the case as one of a serial killer. Agents think they can clear up eight murders with the one suspect. Not all are victims hidden in graves. One is a bus driver who died during a robbery

The dead driver was a 64-year-old man with the last name of Álvarez, who tried to stop the robbery, according to agents at the time. The bus was near the end of its Limón-Sixaola run about 9 p.m. July 26, 2013.

Elizondo was the object of a massive search last weekend after two young men were murdered.

One of the dead men was  José García García, 23, who was identified by the Cuerpo de Bomberos because he was a volunteer firefighter for nearly two years. The second victim was identified as  José Torres Torres. 21. Both were buried Saturday amid an outpouring of community sympathy and an escort of firefighters. The young men appear to have stumbled upon their killer and associates while going to tend their crops in  Paraíso de Sixaola.

Agents knew about Elizondo before the two young men were killed because there was an arrest warrant outstanding for him.

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