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Another Industrial Shark Fishing Vessel is Apprehended in Galapagos

September 29, 2011
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Back in July, much attention was directed to the Galapagos as a vessel was caught transporting illegal shark fins.  Now Sea Shepherd reports that another vessel has been caught.

The Ecuadorian Navy apprehended the Reina del Cisne, an industrial fishing vessel from Manta, on September 16, 2011. The navy found the industrial fishing vessel six nautical miles inside the GMR.

The Reina del Cisne, together with two small boats, was equipped with longlines, a fishing method prohibited by Galapagos regulations. Upon inspection of the mothership, dozens of dead sharks were found in their holds. The navy ordered the vessel to San Cristobal Island for further inspection, where it has been detained pending the ongoing investigation. The 12 crewmembers have all been placed under arrest.

Of course, the seizure is only as good as the judicial response, which Sea Shepherd rightly acknowledges.  I’ve not always been on-board with their tactics, but Sea Shepherd’s work in the Galapagos is really great.

For a good summary of the July bust, check out The SeaMonster.

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