An initiative to reduce pollution in Galapagos

Pollution in the Galapagos Islands from activities such as fishing and tourism affects marine species. File Photo

An initiative to reduce pollution in Galapagos

February 3, 2021 00:00

A new project of conservation seeks to reduce pollution in the Galapagos Marine Reserve and strengthen sustainable practices in the fisheries sector on the islands.

Representatives of the World Wide Fund for Nature WWF-Ecuador, the industrial fishing sector, Galápagos fishing cooperatives, artisanal fishing cooperatives of Ecuador and the Ministry of Production, Foreign Trade, Investments and Fisheries signed a memorandum of understanding to promote these actions last Friday, January 29, 2021.

The signatories pledged to work over the next three years to reduce the pollution in the marine reserve of Galapagos caused by garbage that comes from coastal and marine areas.

Among the main actions is the collection of the devices used in tuna fishing known as “plantados”. These items can contribute to the mortality of the species that are part of this protected area, pollute its coasts and affect the local community.

Another objective is to provide technical and scientific assistance to improve the management and conservation of the Galapagos fisheries. Under the agreement, it will support local cooperatives to enable them to achieve standards of sustainability and develop good conservation, handling and traceability practices in fishing.

Read the original coverage from Diario El Comercio at

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