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Friday July 31, 2015
Historic sentence imposed on shark fishermen
Translated from “El Universo”, and Ecuadorian newspaper (story from 29 July 2015)
“The captain and 12 crewmen of the vessel Fer Mary I will go to prison for illegal fishing within the Galapagos Marine Reserve, the Galapagos National Park (GNP) announced on Wednesday.
The fishing boat Fer Mary I was captured on July 19, 2011, while conducting fishing operations 20 miles inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Park personnel found 286 thresher sharks, 22 blue sharks, 40 Galapagos sharks and 6 hammerhead sharks in their holds, among other protected species.
The captain was sentenced to two years in prison and each of the crew for one year. In addition, the ship and attendant skiffs were seized and will later be auctioned.
According to the GNP, this is an historical decision, as it is the in which all violators have been sentenced.”
CNH Tours friend, Hugo Echeverria, a Galapagos based environmental law expert – states “the decision is the culmination of 4 years of hard work, with support from many people in Galapagos”.
CNH Tours is extremely pleased at the outcome of this effort. So much money is spent in protecting the marine reserve – outfitting and managing ships is a very costly affair – and previous decisions had been weak, and not very effective as disincentives to illegal fishing. This decision will raise the stakes in the risky game carried out by unscrupulous captains of fishing vessels, and their crews. Bravo!