Costa Rica’s Figueres: Illegal Fishing Goes Hand-in-Hand with Smuggling

Former President of Costa Rica, former Global Ocean Commissioner and co-founder of  Ocean Unite, Jose Maria Figueres, said in Mexico on Friday that illegal fishing not only harms the oceans, but trails other objectionable activities in its wake.
Photograph of Jose Maria Figueres, former president of Costa Rica (1994-1998) during the World Ocean Summit in Cancun, Mexico, Mar. 8, 2018. EPA-EFE/Alonso Cupul
“This illegal activity, in addition to damaging the ocean and over-fishing species, comes with other illicit activities, such as arms, human and drug trafficking,” Figueres said in an interview with EFE on the sidelines of the World Ocean Summit in Playa Del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico.
Figueres said that people engaged in clandestine fishing – a business that generates US$23.5 billion a year – tend to

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