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Sea Cucumber Bust in Galapagos

On February, 7th, 2008, the Environmental Police in clandestine collaboration with WildAid seized 126 kilos of sea cucumbers valued at $18,900 in the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador. The operation which began in Galapagos took over one month to develop and resulted in the arresting of three individuals: Henry Villamar Ortega (42), Jose Macias Cuenca (28) and Jose Solarzano Vera (32). Sea cucumber populations have been overexploited in recent years and there is currently a moratorium on the harvesting of sea cucumbers.

Successful Raid in the Galapagos

Two new successful raids against marine species brokers took place in Puerto Ayora, in the Galapagos. The first one was February 22 which found 554 lbs of dried sea cucumber and allowed the capture of one person while the second one took place February 23 and found 180 lbs of dried sea cucumber. One person was arrested within the second raid.

WildAid's Galapagos Program featured as an Interactive Game

Every year in the Galapagos Island, poachers illegally kill thousands of sharks, a practice that has brought sharks in the region to the edge of extinction. Elf Island, the virtual world that empowers kids to make a difference in the real world through online game play, this week announced its second GoodQuest,Ô challenging kids around the world to help protect these endangered animals through a partnership with WildAid, a non-profit working to stop the illegal "fining" of sharks in the Galapagos.

Satellite Monitoring of Vessels Soon to be a Reality in the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Edgar Muñoz, GNPS Park Director, Fernando Ortiz and Oswaldo Rosero, local representatives of the conservation organizations Conservation International and WildAid, respectively, recently met to review advances of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) project for the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR).

Currently, the project is in its final phase and over the next four months, we will procure and install the equipment and software required for the operation of the control center located at the GNPS Headquarters.

New Tools In The Fight Against Illegal Fishing

Newly installed satellite-based vessel monitoring system (VMS) has proved its worth already by leading to the arrest of illegal fishermen. The state-of-the-art system was financed and installed on May 20th,2009 by WildAid, Conservation International, the Walton Family Foundation, and Resorts World at Sentosa in cooperation with the Galapagos National Park Service and represents the culmination of three years of work.

Longliner from Manta Seized in the GMR

B/P Milena, a fishing vessel from Manta, was observed entering the GMR at 1AM on Thursday, August 20th, and was spotted slowing down 37 miles south of Española via the satelite vessel monitoring system. The GNPS sent out the Sea Ranger 10 where it found the vessel towing seven additional fiberglass boats. The Milena was finally boarded five miles outside the GMR and possessed: 78 albacore, 110 swordfish, 1 marlin, 31 dolphin fish, & 21 sharks. The Milena, its crew of 26 and the seven fiberglass vessels were brought to San Cristobal where admin and legal procedures were initiated.

WildAid to speak at TED conference

On Wednesday , February 10, 2010 Peter Knights, Executive Director of WildAid will address the TED Conference in Long Beach, California about the threats to marine protected areas and the successful enforcement chain developed by WildAid for the Marine Protected Area of the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Misool Eco Resort expands its world-recognized Marine Conservation Area in Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Misool Eco Resort (www.misoolecoresort.com) and WildAid announced today the creation of a 468 sq mile (1220 sq km) Marine Conservation Area in Raja Ampat, Indonesia. This has nearly tripled Misool Eco Resort’s164 sq mile (425 sq km) No-Take Zone, established in 2005. The combined Marine Conservation Area (MCA) now includes an adjoining archipelago of islands called Daram.

Extinct for Soup? WildAid featured in Alert Diver

After 409 million years, are sharks really facing extinction for an Asian delicacy? If you ask Hawaii state Senator Clayton Hee, cutting the fins off a great white shark is no different than cutting the horn off a black rhinoceros. It's a barbaric practice, and the bounty should be treated as contraband. He's right.

WildAid Announces 2012 Marine Conference

WildAid will host the first annual Global MPA (Marine Protected Area) Enforcement Conference on November 24-29, 2012 in San Francisco.

The event will bring together MPA practitioners from around the world. Click here for more information.

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