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Tue Sep 14, 2021, 10:08 PM

Ecuador seeks to expand Galapagos reserve to protect marine life


BY REUTERS
QUITO ENVIRONMENT SEP 07, 2021 2:45 PM GMT+3

In hopes of protecting migratory marine species endangered by overfishing and climate change, Ecuador's government has proposed expanding marine reserves near the Galapagos Islands, a haven for sharks, turtles and whales.

A massive Chinese fishing fleet operating near the Galapagos gained global attention last year over concerns about the potential impact to marine wildlife in the remote islands that inspired British scientist Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

Ecuador has little recourse to prevent Chinese fleets from fishing at the edge of its waters, but can limit the activities of its own domestic commercial fishing industry, said Environment Minister Gustavo Manrique.

"This plan, if it goes ahead, would have social, economic and environmental impacts," Manrique said in an interview. He acknowledged that the idea faces pushback from industry groups.

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