August 2, 2015 A downward trend in tourists trying to take Galapagos sand, coral, stones and shells out of the Islands has been recorded by the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) for 2015 to date, in conjunction with the airport authority and the National Police. In 2013, 377 packages were stopped by baggage and cargo … Continue reading Archive (2015): Tourists removing fewer natural Galapagos “souvenirs” from the Islands in 2015
September 7, 2015 The Ministry of Environment of Ecuador reported that a man who tried to smuggle 11 marine and land iguanas from Galapagos was arrested in Puerto Ayora on Sunday, September 6. According to officials, the man captured the iguanas while posing as a tourist on Santa Cruz Island. He was stopped in Puerto … Continue reading Archive (2015): Man arrested for smuggling Galapagos iguanas
The following article from 2003 from La Nacion discusses foreign support in expanding protections for the Eastern Tropical Pacific and the routes of migratory species, an issue that is still actively being discussed and re-advanced by environmental organizations in 2021. Prince of Monaco interested in environmental cooperation and tourism December 4, 2003 San José, Dec … Continue reading Archive (2003): Multi-national efforts to protect migratory species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific
The following article from 2003 from La Nacion discusses foreign interest in expanding protections for the Eastern Tropical Pacific, an issue that is still actively being discussed and re-advanced by environmental organizations in 2021. France donates $1.2 million to protect Cocos IslandNovember 4, 2003 San José, Nov 4 (ACAN-EFE) .- The French government today donated … Continue reading Archive (2003): Development of Marine Protected Areas in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape
JANUARY 2020 JANUARY 10Diego, the Galapagos 'sex symbol' turtle who saved his species, will return home Diego, who is over one hundred years old, will return to his island of origin almost 8 decades after being extracted. During the last years it has become a symbol of the conservation of Galapagos. JANUARY 11Work begins to refloat … Continue reading 2020 in Review: Expanded Coverage and Updates from the Galápagos Islands
Assessing fishing effects inside and outside an MPA: The impact of the Galapagos Marine Reserve on the Industrial pelagic tuna fisheries during the first decade of operation Santiago J. Bucaram, ESPOL Polytechnic University, Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, ESPOL, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanísticas (Guayaquil, Ecuador)Alex Hearn, School of Biological and Environmental Sciences (Universidad … Continue reading Archive (2018): Assessing fishing effects inside and outside an MPA: The impact of the Galapagos Marine Reserve on the Industrial pelagic tuna fisheries during the first decade of operation
The longline does not distinguish what it catches so many protected species are caught on their hooks. Illustration by Paula de la Cruz Read the original coverage by Isabela Ponce for GK City at bit.ly/2TMy0SP The 'long line', a fishing gear banned in the most famous archipelago in the world in 2005, has not entirely disappeared. A new study threatens the return of this line with hooks that dive up to 50 meters and catch everything that passes in front of them, including several protected species. Jaime Navas was guiding some tourists around the Plaza Sur islands, Galapagos, when they told him that near where they were there was a wounded baby sea lion. It was Carnival Sunday 2018. Along with a colleague, he walked to the rocks where the animal was. The baby had a hook between its chin and its mouth, a nylon thread hung from the hook. Navas held the wet back of the wolf with one arm, with his other hand he held his mouth and teeth while his partner took out the hook with pliers. It was longline, says Jaime, a certified guide for 29 years, you haven't seen that type of hook for a long time around here. Wounded baby sea lion found in South Plaza Island. Photograph by Duncan Divine The longline is an unknown object outside the fishing world. It is an art - a system - of fishing made of a floating main line - which can measure from two to tens of kilometers - from which other secondary and vertical lines are born at the ends of which dozens of circular hooks are placed, which makes it difficult to remove it from animals. “It is not like others that sometimes the weight of the fish manages to stretch the hook. This is almost impossible to cut, ”says Navas.
From November 2012 to November 2013, the pilot plan for deep-sea fishing with long lines (which is a type of fishing not allowed in the archipelago) was implemented in Galapagos. This pilot had the participation of 16 of more than 400 vessels registered in the fishing registry of the Galapagos National Park (PNG). One of the conclusions derived from the final report of the pilot indicated that the opening of deep sea longline fishing in the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) can have very negative consequences on a large number of species whose populations are severely threatened worldwide. However, in that same document, it was contradictorily recommended that the pilot be extended for another year. This inconsistency may surprise many, but those of us who know about fisheries management in the GMR find it normal, since we know that many of the fisheries policies have been and are designed to satisfy pressure from various interest groups, bypassing or minimally using degree of scientific evidence available. Something that suggested that these inconsistencies would be present during this pilot was that from its inception the authorities and researchers refused to use the name longline for the fishing gear, and instead used a euphemism, specifically, Modified Ocean Tie (EOM).
Chinese Continue Rampant Fish Poaching in Latin American Waters View of the Chinese-flagged ship confiscated by the Ecuadorean Navy in the waters of the Galapagos marine reserve, on August 25, 2017. The Ecuadorian Navy reported on August 14, 2017, that a Chinese-flagged vessel had been seized in the Galapagos Marine Reserve carrying some 300 tons … Continue reading Archive (2018): Chinese Continue Rampant Fish Poaching in Latin American Waters
The warming of the seas, among other factors, would decrease the fish population. Less fish means less food and less income for artisanal fishermen. Photo: Antonio Busiello-WWF September 4, 2020 - 11:55 am Communities in developing countries, which are highly dependent on fishing, including several in Ecuador, are severely threatened by climate change. In fact, … Continue reading Ecuadorian fishing communities are ‘severely’ threatened by climate change