Costa Rica Held Accountable for Failure to Protect Sea Turtles

March 8, 2012

Randall Arauz and the team at the Association for the Restoration of Sea Turtles (PRETOMA), celebrate as Costa Rica is asked to respond to a complaint filed with the Environmental Secretariat of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA).

The complaint, filed by PRETOMA in July 2011, cites Costa Rica’s failure to enforce its own sea turtle protection legislation, allowing impunity for offenders of existing laws.

Arauz founded PRETOMA in 1997. He won the Goldman Prize in 2010 for his campaign to expose the cruel and illegal practices of the shark finning industry. PRETOMA works on a variety of issues concerning marine conservation.