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Galapagos: Chinese Fishing Fleet Threatens Marine Life

Updated: Aug 26, 2020

Ziryan Aziz reviews the environmental concerns caused by over-fishing near one of the most bio-diverse areas in the world.

Photo by Alan Alquist

Since last month, a fleet of 260 Chinese fishing vessels has amassed at the boundary of the Galapagos Archipelago's Marine Protection Reserve.The fleet, which comes to the area every year, is one of the largest the Ecuadorian government has recorded, and the navy has been monitoring the ships to make sure no fishing takes place within the protected area.

Memories of an incident in 2017 when a Chinese reefer was caught with over 300 tons of shark and other protected species after entering Ecuadorian waters has the government on high alert. So far, the government has identified 243 of the 260 boats as having possibly been involved in illegal fishing practices in the past.

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