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An Armada of 260 Chinese fishing boats is putting Galapagos Islands Shark populations under threat.

Galapagos Islands Under Threat
White Dots represent the Fishing Boats

The 260 strong fleet of fishing boats have been detected in international waters that border the Galapagos Islands, the fleet is made up mainly of Chinese vessels that have congregated in the waters between the mainland of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

It is feared that overfishing in the area could place the Galapagos Islands Shark populations under threat. In 2017 an illegal chinses fishing boat was found inside the Galapagos Islands protected zone with 300 tones or wildlife, mostly sharks, in its holds.

Galapagos Islands Under Threat

Ecuadorean Defence Minister Oswaldo Jarrin is quoted saying “We are on alert, conducting surveillance, patrolling to avoid an incident such as what happened in 2017,”

The ex-mayor of Quito, Roque Sevilla commented that a “protection strategy was being designed for the islands and that unchecked Chinese fishing just on the edge of the protected zone is ruining Ecuador's efforts to protect marine life in the Galápagos,”

Galapagos Islands Under Threat

President Lenin Moreno has said that Ecuador will hold consultations with other Latin American countries with a coastline on the Pacific – Colombia, Peru, Chile, Panama and Costa Rica – in order to form a joint regional position concerning the threat.

Sating. “Because of that natural wealth in that area, we suffer immense pressure from international fishing fleets,”

Galapagos Islands Under Threat

The Islands are a UNESCO World Heritage site and the seas surrounding the islands are home to the largest density of sharks in the world, including the endangered whale shark and the hammerhead shark, which is near extinction.

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Adrian Stacey
Adrian Stacey
Scuba Diver ANZ Editor, Adrian Stacey, first learned to dive on the Great Barrier Reef over 24 years ago. Since then he has worked as a dive instructor and underwater photographer in various locations around the world including, Egypt, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico and Saba. He has now settled in Australia, back to where his love of diving first began.
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