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.
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 (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.
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.
California Assembly Members Paul Fong and Jared Huffman today introduced a bill to prohibit the sale of shark fins in California to the State Assembly. California is one of the largest sources of demand for shark fin outside Asia and this bill would represent a major step towards reducing pressure on shark populations. Furthermore the bill complements the ban introduced in both Hawaii and the Commonwealth of North Mariana Islands (CNMI) as well as restrictions established by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).
Thriving oceans provide jobs, improve national economies and feed the world. As fish stocks continue to decline—approximately 90% of fisheries are overfished or depleted—sustainably managed fisheries and marine protected areas provide hope for protecting biodiversity, habitat and livelihoods.
WildAid develops scalable marine management strategies, prevents illegal fishing and ensures sustainable marine management in some of the world’s most biodiverse regions through a comprehensive marine protection model. We protect critical habitat, fisheries and migratory species such as sharks, sea turtles and mantas.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR) is one of the largest Marine Protected Areas (MPA) in the world. Since 1998, WildAid has been working with the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) in developing a comprehensive enforcement strategy to patrol and protect the GMR, where commercial fishing is prohibited.