Illegal Fishing Boat Captured Yesterday in Galapagos

July 19, 2011 § 3 Comments


Yesterday afternoon at 3:30 pm the Galapagos National Park with the support of the Navy authorities captured the boat B / P Fer Mary while conducting illegal  fishing operations within the Galapagos Marine Reserve. This boat has its port of registry in the city of Manta.  The authorities encountered the boat fishing on the south-east side of Genovesa Island.

The boat was fishing using three small fiberglass boats.  Upon inspection, the authorities discovered each of the smaller boats had been engaged in longline fishing a practice banned in Galapagos.  Longline fishing is prone to incidental catches of sea turtles, birds, sea lions and sharks in an area of conservation it is viewed as a horrific practice.

On board the Mary Fer I the authorities reported finding 25 sharks, 5 albacore and 2 swordfish. The contents and boat will be brought to the nearest port, in this case, Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on the island of San Cristobal.

According to the documentations the Mary Fer I departed Manta on July 8 with permits for 8 people on board, but when the authorities captured the boat there were 30 people aboard including two minors.

UPDATE 7/20/2011… Reports issued today reported the Mary Fer I had caught much more than originally reported.  A park official verified onboard were  357 sharks – 286 bigeye thresher, 22 blue sharks, 40 Galapagos sharks, 6 hammerhead sharks, 2 tiger sharks, and 1 mako shark-primarily pelagic species.  The entire bodies of the sharks were found on board which is unusual as normally these “finning” operations cut the fins off dispose of the rest of the shark at sea.

UPDATE: 7/21/2001…Courtesy of the Galapagos National Park

Once the B / P RES MARY I and 6 fiber fishing with him were caught by the boat Sea Ranger 02, provision of the Galapagos National Park, with the support of the Navy, south – east of Genovesa Island, 20 miles within the RMG, yesterday afternoon finally arrived in Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island).

The boat was originally captured with three companions fibers, but at night the day of capture, Monday July 18, came to him three extra strands, and poor conditions hampered navigation of the sea to San Cristobal, so arrived on the island at 14h00 on Tuesday, July 19.

Fibers accompanying the RES MARY I are: F / M Forever Virgin of Monserrate, registration B-0407141, F / M Narcisa de Jesus-registered B-0406624, F / M Keyla Yeannely-registered B-0403540, F / M Heyder Josue, registration B-0408068, F / M New Destination II-registered B-0405287 and F / M Joseph enrollment Always B-0405971.

After the naval authorities, police and prosecutors conducted the proceedings that concern them in cases like these, at about 17H30 review initiated from the cellars of the boat, to identify the type of fishing that was in them.

The review of the contents of the hold ended at noon today, reporting a total of 357 sharks, 11 gold, 9 albacore and swordfish 1. The shark species identified are: 286 sharks (Alopias superciliosus), 22 blue sharks (Prionace glauca), 40 Galapagos sharks (Carcharinus galapaguensis) 6 hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) 2 tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvieri), 1 shark mako (Isurus oxirrinchus).

The Galapagos National Park Service already started the administrative process to determine the respective corresponding penalty and destination have the boats, fishing gear and is retained in this operation. Additionally, the prosecution took the necessary measures so that this crime is prosecuted.

In the Galapagos Marine Reserve is prohibited to capture, marketing and movement of sharks.

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