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February 5, 2004

COSTA RICA/USA: US lifts Costa Rican shrimp embargo

The US has lifted its ban on imports of Costa Rican shrimp, saying it was satisfied with the Central American country's measures to prevent marine turtles being caught by shrimp fishing boats.

The US has lifted its ban on imports of Costa Rican shrimp, saying it was satisfied with the Central American country’s measures to prevent marine turtles being caught by shrimp fishing boats.

The US banned Costa Rican shrimp in August after it was found that many Costa Rican shrimp boats did not have screens in place to stop sea turtles being caught in shrimp traps.

US embassy spokeswoman Marcia Bosshardt said Costa Rican officials would continue to inspect the boats to make sure the protective measures remained in place, reported the Associated Press.

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