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Thu Jul 30, 2020, 06:09 AM

13. Ecuador on alert over huge Chinese fishing fleet off Galapagos Islands


29 July 2020



The Galapagos Islands are a Unesco World Heritage site

Ecuador is on alert due to the appearance of a huge fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged fishing vessels off its Galapagos Islands.

Patrols are trying to ensure the fleet - which is made up of around 260 vessels - does not enter the delicate eco-system from international waters.

Chinese vessels travel to the region each year in search of marine species.

In 2017, a Chinese vessel was caught in the marine reserve with 300 tonnes of wildlife, most of it sharks.

"We are on alert, [conducting] surveillance, patrolling to avoid an incident such as what happened in 2017," Ecuadorean Defence Minister Oswaldo Jarrin told reporters.

More:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-53562439

Also posted at Environment and energy:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1127139314

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