Integral Aspects of Discussion for the 2nd National Congress of Small-Scale Artisanal Fishing in Costa Rica According to Lorenzo Gómez y Brayan Fernández:

Dani Meneses
Dani Meneses • 9 November 2021

- The Congress is critical because it visualizes the reality of fishers and mollusk gatherers. Those who dedicate themselves to said activities also face the problems and needs that come with the job.

- The Congress is also extraordinary because it highlights CoopeSoliDar R.L.’s willingness to help and motivate us fishers and mollusk gathers. They share their support and their ideas and plans to secure a better quality of life for us.

- CoopeSoliDar worked hard to accommodate us all under a single roof, and because of this, people from other countries came to share their ideas.

It's important to clarify the objectives of the 2nd National Congress of Small-Scale Artisanal Fishers and Mollusk Gatherers:
1. Strengthen the capabilities and abilities of artisan fishers and mollusk gatherers so they can defend their rights
2. Promote the model of the 12 Oars as a tool to help teach fisher and mollusk gatherers in Costa Rica.
3. Contribute to the focus of small-scale artisanal fishing through the lens of human rights in the year of international small-scale artisanal fishing.
4. Amplify the vision of sustainable practices in the ocean across all marine territories of life, indigenous villages, and local coastal communities in Central America.

- Apart from that, Alejandro Swabi spoke about how new methods have arisen like the trammel net before they fished with harpoons.

- After the speech, Ana Coralia gave a theatrical presentation on the life of those who depend on the sea.

- Lastly, Brayan shared his thoughts over the theatrical presentation: My dad says that fishing was more straightforward before. Now fishing is more complicated due to the institutions that oversee it. Today, fishers and mollusk gatherers are faced with more laws and obstacles.

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