Friday, May 29, 2009

Tuna Farms in Costa Rica

Costa Rican courts just approved the construction of giant tuna cages just offshore of the Golfo Dulce, one of the planet's most biodiverse regions and near the epic waves at Pavones and Punta Banco. Young wild tuna are captured at sea in nets and towed to be fatted in tuna cages. In Chile, the captive salmon farming industry nearly collapsed last year after major problems with disease and ecosystems collapse created by farming pollution.
This seems like an extremely bad idea for Costa Rica's surf and fishing communities. More information here. Visit and

Above: what a tuna farm would look like on Costa Rica's coastline.