Saturday, February 16, 2008

Whales and dolphins protected by government decree

Whales and dolphins enjoy Costa Rican government protection now that President Oscar Arias has signed a ban on the “pursuit, capture, injury, netting or commercialization” of these creatures in the country's 640,000 square kilometer marine territory. While the decree makes the policy official, Costa Rica has traditionally never had a whale hunt, unlike nations such as Japan and Iceland, and dolphins have rarely been the target of commercial fishermen here.

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