Due to the importance of Galapagos, Sea Shepherd has been present in this archipelago since 2000, when the Sirenian was delivered to the Galapagos Islands under the terms of a five-year agreement with the park’s authority to patrol the recently established Galapagos Marine Reserve.
In 2006, Sea Shepherd opened a permanent office in the islands in order to work closer with local environmental law enforcement agencies on the protection of marine species.
Today, we are still working hard to provide innovative tools for better law enforcement including:
- Supporting the one and only K9 Police Unit on illegal wildlife traffic in Latin America
- Installing an Automatic Identification System (AIS) (extensive radio network) that will soon monitor the movement of all vessels in the Galapagos Marine Reserve
- Advocating for a complete judicial transformation to include natural heritage values in judicial decisions
- Educating future environmental leaders of Galapagos
Sea Shepherd’s commitment towards cooperating with marine law enforcement is now stronger than ever. Working in the field is not easy, as not everybody understands the importance of environmental law. In fact, poachers, finners, and other criminals would like to see us out of here for good. Nevertheless, we stand proud of our work and are always ready to cooperate with law enforcement authorities that work hard on the protection of sharks and other species that inhabit this unique world natural heritage site.
Sea Shepherd salutes and celebrates the 33rd anniversary of the inscription of Galapagos onto the World Heritage List.