Published on March 7th, 2012 | by csaylor0
Sport fishing responsibly in the Osa Peninsula in March
In a country known for sustainable tourism, the sport fishing industry has also established norms to contribute to the well-being and sustainability of the marine habitat and local communities. According to a 2009 study conducted by the University of Costa Rica, 22 percent of high season tourists come to Costa Rica for sport fishing. The same study determined that the industry generates $600 million per year in gross income, 4,000 direct jobs, 60,000 indirect jobs and $78 million in tax revenue for Costa Rica.
If you find yourself on your way to Osa this month, remember when you hook that first big one, that you are also supporting the local communities with your sustainable fishing tourism. Just be sure to pay attention to your guide’s instructions on how to handle your catch with care.
What’s biting now in the Osa Peninsula?
From January through March you can expect an extremely large number of sailfish as well as marlin, dorado and tuna as the dolphins pass through to feed. Costa Rica has always been catch and release for billfish, tarpon, and rooster fish, but in recent years strengthened laws made it illegal to remove billfish from the water for photographic purposes.
Fishing in the gulf
The Golfo Dulce is ideal for fishing because of its numerous volcanic reefs and weather patterns that push billfish into the area. It is also one of four tropical fjords in the world and by far the healthiest. Inshore fishing includes rooster fish, several varieties of snapper, grouper, trevally, African Pompano, mackerel, barracuda and many more. Legally all of these species can be used for consumption.
Offshore from the Osa Peninsula anglers can expect marlin, sailfish, tuna, dorado and wahoo. Dorado and wahoo can be taken to port for consumption.
Article by Jani Schulz, and photo courtesy of Crocodile Bay, were originally printed in Nature Air’s Landings magazine Vol. X No. 1