New crime?: What’s behind the seizures of nearly 25 tons of trafficked shark meat

New crime?: What's behind the seizures of nearly 25 tons of trafficked shark meat From Ecuador by Michelle Carrere on 30 November 2020 These are mainly threatened species that do not have the documentation required to be exported. Between authorized and unauthorized crossings, there are at least 22 border crossings where the bodies of sharks could be illegally entering For years the attention of the shark trade has been focused on the illegal commercialization of fins that supplies the millionaire Asian market. However, this 2020 the business seems to have diversified. The Special Prosecutor for Environmental Matters (FEMA) of Tumbes opened between September and November five investigations into trafficking in shark trunks from Ecuador. According to the prosecutor in charge of the investigations, Ina Suárez, in total there are 24,800 kilos of meat, mainly from endangered species such as the pelagic thresher shark (Alopias pelagicus), breasted thresher shark (Alopias superciliosus), hammerhead shark (Sphyrna lewini), shortfin mako shark (Isurus oxyrinchus) and blacktip shark (Carcharhinus melanopterus).

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‘Plantados’ cause great environmental impact in Galapagos, say organizations; industrialists claim that it is ‘minimal’

‘Plantados’ cause great environmental impact in Galapagos, say organizations; industrialists claim that it is ‘minimal’ A 20-minute boat ride from Puerto Ayora, within the marine reserve, a team from EL UNIVERSO was able to see a plantado adrift. Ricardo Zambrano Ricardo Zambrano25 Nov 2020 - 06:35 Just 20 minutes after leaving Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, … Continue reading ‘Plantados’ cause great environmental impact in Galapagos, say organizations; industrialists claim that it is ‘minimal’

Species composition of the largest shark fin retail-market in mainland China

Species composition of the largest shark fin retail-market in mainland China Diego Cardeñosa, Andrew T. Fields, Elizabeth A. Babcock, Stanley K. H. Shea, Kevin A. Feldheim & Demian D. Chapman  Scientific Reports Volume 10, Article number: 12914 (2020)31 July 2020 Abstract Species-specific monitoring through large shark fin market surveys has been a valuable data source to estimate global catches and international shark fin trade dynamics. … Continue reading Species composition of the largest shark fin retail-market in mainland China

Coastal sharks supply the global shark fin trade

Coastal sharks supply the global shark fin trade Kyle S. Van Houtan, Tyler O. Gagné, Gabriel Reygondeau, Kisei R. Tanaka, Stephen R. Palumbi and Salvador J. Jorgensen†Published: 28 October 2020 Abstract Progress in global shark conservation has been limited by constraints to understanding the species composition and geographic origins of the shark fin trade. Previous assessments that relied on earlier … Continue reading Coastal sharks supply the global shark fin trade

Stop ‘bleeding’ of Galapagos, activists ask; industrialists say that “there is no scientific proof”

Stop ‘bleeding’ of Galapagos, activists ask; industrialists say that "there is no scientific proof" The Insular Front and Más Galapagos held a representation to protest against the threats to the archipelago. Ricardo Zambrano Ricardo ZambranoNovember 22, 2020 The message in the middle of the square in the center of Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz, was clear: … Continue reading Stop ‘bleeding’ of Galapagos, activists ask; industrialists say that “there is no scientific proof”

Letters to the Editor: Marine Reserve

Letters to the Editor: Marine Reserve The possible expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve to cover the entire insular Exclusive Economic Zone is in full debate. These discussions have avoided analyzing the operating cost of the Galapagos National Park (PNG), which is financed through the collection of the tourism tax. The General State Budget and … Continue reading Letters to the Editor: Marine Reserve

Piscine plunder: Ecuador, a victim of illegal fishing, is also a culprit

Piscine plunder: Ecuador, a victim of illegal fishing, is also a culprit Endangered species of shark are caught in Ecuadorean nets Nov 21st 2020, The Americas On May 4th, customs officials in Hong Kong impounded the largest illegal haul of shark fins in the territory’s history. The documents declared the cargo to be dried fish, but … Continue reading Piscine plunder: Ecuador, a victim of illegal fishing, is also a culprit

Could China become a partner in Galapagos marine conservation? Yolanda Kakabadse thinks so

Could China become a partner in Galapagos marine conservation? Yolanda Kakabadse thinks so By Rhett A. Butler16 November 2020 Yolanda Kakabadse has been an environmental leader since the late 1970s; first heading up small Ecuadorian NGOs before eventually rising to senior ranks at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Wide Fund … Continue reading Could China become a partner in Galapagos marine conservation? Yolanda Kakabadse thinks so

Editorial: “How far does the balance sheet go?”

How far does the balance sheet go? Oswaldo Ramón Rosero Quirós. MSc The possible expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve to cover the entire insular Exclusive Economic Zone is in full debate. These discussions have avoided analyzing the operating cost of the Galapagos National Park (PNG), which is financed through the collection of the tourism … Continue reading Editorial: “How far does the balance sheet go?”

Two legislative committees speak out against the expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Two legislative committees speak out against the expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve November 14, 2020 - 06h00 Through a statement, national and international environmental organizations make an "urgent" call to consolidate the expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Archive Quito - The Food Sovereignty Commission and the Sovereignty, International Relations and Security Commission of … Continue reading Two legislative committees speak out against the expansion of the Galapagos Marine Reserve