One of Adrian Arias’ PhD chapters has just been published online. The article describes the lack of coordination between government, an NGO concerned with sustainable fisheries, and a regional fisheries management organisation (RFMO). Information obtained by the NGO indicated illegal fishing in Costa Rican waters, but the government has yet to react. The article states: “If accurate, these suspected cases of illegal fishing imply a lack of mechanisms to detect, communicate, and act upon incursions. Had the data not been analyzed by the Costa Rican Fishing Federation, the cases presented above, although unconfirmed, would probably have gone undetected.” The article finishes by proposing solutions to the bottlenecks in information flow that led to this situation.
Source for open-access article: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmars.2016.00013/full