Having just returned from an amazing trip aboard the Galapagos Master liveaboard, the following story bummed me out a little bit.
According to WildAid, Galapagos officials have recently confiscated 6 boats and arrested 21 members of an illegal commercial fishing fleet—but not before they had hauled in 81 sharks, including a great white.
This is sort of a good news, bad news situation. It’s unfortunate that the ships were allowed to collect sharks, to be sure. But it’s also a sign that the new electronic tracking system is working, especially in the recently announced marine protected areas around Wolf and Darwin islands.
WildAid documented the capture of the fleet in the video below. It’s a testament to the cooperation between the conservation group and the Ecuadorian navy. Last year, WildAid assisted in the upgrade of the electronic surveillance system.
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