Sea Shepherd is grateful to have been given the opportunity to participate in this inspection. We were impressed with the efficiency and excellent cooperation between the various governmental organizations involved in this case. A legal document to record the inspection will be signed next week by all participants, including our Director of Operations, formalizing Sea Shepherd´s observer status of the inspection. The Galapagos National Park Service, the Ecuadorian Navy, Ecuadorian National Police, the science sector represented by Gaias, and of course the Environmental Prosecutor all deserve a big compliment for their role in gathering the evidence in this case.

We hope there will be no further cases this year of industrial vessels entering the GMR without authorization. But if they do, we know that the Galapagos law enforcement agencies are doing a great job. As for the judicial response to this case, we demand local judges to realize that they are delivering justice in a national protected area and a world natural heritage site where sharks are protected. Nevertheless, we will keep monitoring this judicial case to advocate for the proper application of the Ecuadorian green Constitution, the Convention on the World Natural Heritage, the Galapagos special legal regime, and the Penal Code of Ecuador.

Shark victims onboard the shark fishing vessel. Photo: Tim WattersShark victims onboard the shark fishing vessel. Photo: Tim Watters Director of Operations SSCS Galapagos Alex Cornelissen displays a thresher shark fin. Photo: Tim WattersDirector of Operations SSCS Galapagos Alex Cornelissen displays a thresher shark fin.
Photo: Tim Watters
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