The Costa Rican Fisheries Federation (FECOP) is an association that promotes responsible fisheries in Costa Rica and comprises organisations committed to protecting, developing and promoting sustainable marine fisheries in the country.
FECOP was established in 2008, driven by representatives of the tourist fishing sector interested in protecting our oceans in the face of pressure from increased indiscriminate fishing.
The organisation represents the interests of more than 4,000 people who are directly involved in tourist and sport fishing, and approximately 63,000 people who indirectly benefit from the sector; and it also supports the country’s 15,000 artisanal fishers in their struggle to establish marine areas for responsible fisheries.
Its objective is to pool efforts and impact the generation of proposals and the promotion of political, institutional, environmental, regulatory and control alternatives that enable the recovery and increasing sustainability and use of national fisheries, through the organisation and projection of the tourist, sport and artisanal fisheries sectors.
FECOP believes in the conservation and responsible management of marine resources, not just for their economic value, but also because of the contribution of oceans to the climatic balance of the planet and the social and economic wellbeing of coastal communities affected by overfishing.