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Shark Poachers Caught Inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Shark Poachers Caught Inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Shark Poachers Caught Inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve Photo: Galapagos National Park One of the biggest shark poaching cases in the history of the Galapagos National Park is presently unfolding in the Ecuadorian province. The national park rangers and an Ecuadorian naval ship apprehended the industrial longline fishing vessel from Manta, Ecuador and 30 or so fishermen. At the time of capture, the vessel was fishing 20 nautical miles within the designated area of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, southeast of Genovesa Island. Upon inspection by the park service, it became clear that the vessel was using longlines to commercially fish for sharks, all of which are illegal in the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Furthermore, it turned out that this vessel had been involved in a mass slaughter of sharks. The vessel’s holds were filled with sharks, 357 in total. The confirmed death lis...

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