Costa Rican authorities held a security meeting with local fishermen. They posted their concerns on a cork board. Most fishermen were worried about the amount of drugs trafficked through their communities.
A fisherman in Puerto Nispero getting ready for a night of fishing.
Rafael Angel Umaña is a fisherman and community leader in Puerto Nispero. He's led conservation efforts to try and save his town's fishery.
Umaña wakes up before sunset to get ready to go fishing each morning.
By sunrise, Umaña is out at sea fishing.
Umaña says catch has dwindled over the past few decades.
Umaña cleans his fish while still out at sea.
Umaña says the size of fish has gotten smaller over the years.
A fisherman having trouble starting his engine.
Umaña and the other fishermen store their engines every night because thieves steal engines at night.
Umaña checks a WhatsApp message showing people fishing illegally in their area.
A fisherman in Puerto Nispero heading home after patrolling the town's fishery all night.
Fishermen in Puerto Nispero sit and watch the sunset.
A local fisherman in Puerto Nispero takes a nap before heading out to sea.
Fishermen in Colorado heading out to sea.
Couples in Colorado dance at a community event.
A fisherman in Colorado gutting his catch.
A local fisherman in Puntarenas and a foreign purse-seine vessel in the background.
Puntarenas was once a vibrant fishing city, but overfishing caused the industry to collapse leading to mass unemployment.
A fisherman in Puntarenas heading out to sea.
Multiple fishermen in Fray Casiano were murdered after they found a large shipment of cocaine out at sea.
Police in Puntarenas attending to a local call.
Police in Puntarenas say they don't have the equipment to fight drug traffickers. With no radar, they try to see where drug helicopters land and try to intercept them by land.
A young group of coast guard officers in Costa Rica.