The U.S. State Department has banned Costa Rican shrimp from being shipped into the U. S.  The shrimp embargo came after our Costa Rican sister organization PRETOMA, documented Costa Rica has consistently failed to enforce laws requiring shrimp fishing vessels to use turtle excluder devices (TEDs) and the threat of a lawsuit by the Sea Turtle Restoration Project.

More than 15,000 turtles may be caught each year by Costa Rica’s shrimping fleet.  Proper use of TEDs reduces the number of turtles caught in shrimp nets by 90% or more and is required to be used by any shrimp fishery that sells to the U. S.

TIRN is evaluating this positive move by the US Department of State as it relates to moving forward with its 60-day notice of intent to sue.


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