ARAUZ, Randall, B.Sc.
Costa Rica (1961- )
Last updated: December 7, 2019 at 20:34 pm
Shark and sea turtle researcher and activist; studies have focused on sea turtle nesting biology, interactions between fisheries, sea turtles and sharks, and migratory movements of sea turtles and sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific; has officially served as a Costa Rican delegate at international conventions such as UNCLOS, CITES and CMS, promoting regional and global shark conservation policy, as well as on official councils such as the CITES Scientific Council and the Cocos Island Regional Council; launched an ongoing campaign in 2001 against the shark fin industry; founded PRETOMA (Asociación Programa Restauración de Tortugas Marinas) in 1997; was a plaintiff in the suits that shut down the green turtle slaughtering in 1999; imposed a “Fins Attached” landing system for sharks in 2005; halted the operation of tuna farms in 2007; shut down the illegal use of private docks by foreign flagged shark finning fleets in 2010; shut down the Costa Rican shrimp trawl fishery in 2013 (court order phase out by 2019); currently consults for the Colorado-based Fins Attached Marine Research and Conservation, and volunteers for the Costa Rican-based Endangered Marine Animal Rescue Center (CREMA).
Drawing international attention to the inhumane and environmentally catastrophic shark finning industry, Randall Arauz led the campaign to halt the practice in Costa Rica, making his country an international model for shark protection. — The Goldman Environmental Prize
Sea Hero (Scuba Diving Magazine, 2019)
PEW Fellowship in Marine Conservation (PEW Charitable Trust, 2016)
100 Guardian Angels of the Planet (Ecological Green Games, UNESCO, 2013)
Global Shining Hero Award (The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association, 2010)
Gothemburg Award for Sustainable Development (City of Gottemburg, Sweden, 2010)
Goldman Environmental Prize for Central and South America (Goldman Fund, 2010)
Mention of Honor | Central American Environmental Torch Award (International Union for the Conservation of Nature, 2007)
Mention of Honor (Shark Project, 2006)
Whitley Fund for Nature Gold Award (Whitley Fund for Nature, 2004)
Neotropical Conservation Award (Conservation International, 2004)
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