WWF speaks out on seizure of Chinese boat illegally fishing in Galapagos
About 300 tons of sharks and fish were found on a Chinese cargo vessel. (Photo: Galapagos National Park Service).
Conservation organization WWF has expresssed its rejection of industrial fishing within the waters of the Galapagos Marine Reserve and the entry of non-permitted vessels to the protected area, following the recent seizure of a Chinese flagged ship loaded with species whose capture is illegal.
In a statement, WWF Ecuador director Hugo Arnal warns that these actions threaten the integrity of the ecosystems and biodiversity of this important 'Natural Heritage World Site', according to Unesco.
He also welcomes the action performed by the Ecuadorian Navy with the support of the Ministry of Environment in the recent capture of the Chine...