One Cool Thing: Discovering a Species of Galápagos Tortoise Scientists Thought Was Extinct

One Cool Thing: Discovering a Species of Galápagos Tortoise Scientists Thought Was Extinct

Galápagos tortoise found alive is from species thought to be extinct https://t.co/wtAk3KZR0t pic.twitter.com/DM1fgrM7Hx — BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 27, 2021 Scientists were thrilled to report last week the discovery of a species of tortoise that was believed to have been extinct for more than 100 years.  Known as the Fernandina Giant Tortoise, the Galápagos […]

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Illegal Fishing in Galapagos Threatens Ecosystem and Economy click button

Illegal Fishing in Galapagos Threatens Ecosystem and Economy

The LA Times’ Susanne Rust reported on a brewing controversy surrounding China’s notorious “distant water” fishing fleet — it’s 17,000 vessels strong and has conducted dubious fishing operations off the coasts of West Africa, Argentina, and Japan.

Why this Matters: The Galapagos Islands hold a bounty of flora and fauna; 20% of the species found in the Galapagos aren’t found anywhere else in the world.  Illegal fishing in the region is anything but new, but in late August 2020, the number of illegal fishing vessels exploded.

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