Highlights: Hundreds of Chinese Fishing Vessels Discovered near the Famous Galapagos Islands.

  • Ecuador has sounded the alarm after its navy discovered a huge fishing fleet of mostly Chinese-flagged vessels.
  • The famous archipelago inspired Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.
  • More than 200 ships are currently in international waters just outside the exclusive economic zone around the island.
  • Their presence has already raised the prospect of serious damage to the delicate marine ecosystem.
  • An environment minister said that the fleet’s size and aggressiveness against marine species is a big threat to the balance of species in the Galapagos.
  • Chinese fishing vessels come every year to the seas around the Galapagos, but this year’s fleet is one of the largest seen in recent years.
  • Galapagos was declared a Unesco world heritage site in 1978.
  • Officials said that the unchecked Chinese fishing just on the edge of the protected zone is ruining Ecuador’s efforts to protect marine life in the Galapagos.
  • The Galapagos Marine Reserve has one of the world’s greatest concentrations of shark species, including endangered whale and hammerhead varieties.
  • Ecuador’s president Lenín Moreno described the archipelago as “one of the richest fishing areas and a seedbed of life for the entire planet.”
  • The Galapagos is visited by a quarter of a million tourists every year as a “living museum and a showcase for evolution.”
  • The Ecuadorean navy has been monitoring the fishing fleet since it was spotted last week.



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