Illegal Shark Fishing Update

July 25, 2011 § 2 Comments

After 10 hours of grueling work in which officials identified, sexed and messured every individual there were 379 sharks found dead aboard the Mary Fer I not the 357 the park had originally reported.   This is the biggest marine massacre in the history of the Galapagos National Park.

Ecuadorian law requires that illeaglly caught fish must be returned to the sea.  On Saturday the team put all of the sharks back in the ocean and took with them the Mary Fer’s Captain along with two crew members so they could see that the officials did not keep the sharks to sell themselves.

The sharks had a value of $2000 each in ship’s home port of Manta.

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