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357 Sharks illegally captured in the Galapagos Islands   1 comment

Original Spanish news source: Parque Nacional Galapagos (PNG)

A Total of 357 sharks were counted aboard the ‘Fer Mary I’

357 sharks were found aboard the FER MARY I

Technicians and authorities of the Galapagos National Park (DPNG), Navy, National Police conducted an inspection of the fishing boat ‘Fer Mary I’ detained for illegal fishing in the Galapagos Islands.

The ‘Fer Mary I’ and its six smaller fishing boats were detained 20 miles within the archipelago, to the east of the northern island of Genovesa, by the Galapagos National Park boat ‘Sea Ranger 02’ – with assistance from the Ecuadorian Navy.  The captured vessel was escorted to the port town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island) in the evening.

The smaller vessels detained accompanying the ‘Fer Mary I’ were F/M Siempre Virgen de Monserrate, F/M Narcisa de Jesús, F/M Keyla Yeannely, F/M Heyder Josue, F/M Nuevo Destino II and F/M Siempre José.

At 17h30 local authorities conducted inspections to identify the catch aboard.  The final inventory determined the following: 357 sharks, 11 dorados, 9 albacores & 1 sword fish.  The species of shark identified were:

  • 286 Bigeye Thresher (Alopias superciliosus);
  • 22 Blue sharks (Prionace glauca);
  • 40 Galapagos sharks (Carcharinus galapaguensis);
  • 6 Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini);
  • 2 Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvieri);
  • 1 Mako shark (Isurus oxirrinchus)
The Galapagos National Park authorities have initiated the respective legal and administrative processes to determine the corresponding sanctions, destination planned for vessels etc.
The Galapagos Marine Reserve prohibits the capture, commercialization and transportation of sharks.

Santa Fe Islands temporarily closed from June 5th to 7th 2011   Leave a comment

According to the latest Galapagos National Park resolution (No.033-2011) the island of Santa Fe will be closed off from June 5th to 7th, 2011.

According to the resolution, this temporary closure of Santa Fe Island is to realize a monitor/study of emblematic species such such as iguanas, rats, marine birds, Opuntia cactus, species in danger and other aspects of the current conditions on th island.

Boats that are scheduled to visit this island during this period (June 5th to 7th 2011) will visit the Fausto Llerena Breeding Center.

Galapagos Islands Tourist Boat Gets Stranded   3 comments

April 27, 2011

Having picked up on unconfirmed and very vague news (via local television) that a vessel in the Galapagos Islands got stranded off the coast of Isabela Island, I started to get my feelers out there.

As I keep my ears to the ground, I have managed to ascertain & confirm with the direct operator of this vessel (Eric) that indeed there was a minor incident that occurred off the coast of Isabela Island, causing the boat to get “stranded” (the actual Spanish term used was varado). All passengers and crew were efficiently and safely removed from the vessel without any incidents.

The boat will apparently be out of commission for approximately one month to make the necessary repairs.

Details on this particular boat [LINK]

Galapagos Islands Tourist Boat ‘Eric’Gets Stranded

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April 28th update (original Spanish article in El Universo)
“Galapagos boat ran aground with 31 people”

The tourist boat Eric, carrying 31 people on board, including 20 passengers and 11 crew, ran aground early yesterday morning in Punta Cordova, north of Santiago Island in the Galapagos archipelago.

Until the closure of this edition the ship remained trapped in a rocky area where it ran aground at 01:15, said Lt. Edwin Aguilar, in charge of the Port Captain of the island of Baltra, who said the incident caused no injuries .

The strandings took place because of  “fatigue” of the crew, said Aguilar, as they did not realize what could occur in this rocky area.

But at the moment a final report is pending, said the official.

“At the moment we take steps in saving human lives”, citing Aguilar.

Passenger in hotel …

The 20 passengers on board were brought to Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island), where they were staying in an undisclosed hotel, whose name was not released by the officer.

Meanwhile, efforts to remove the ship, about 25 meters (length), were unsuccessful. During the day, the work of the Port Captain of Baltra and the National Directorate of Aquatic Areas (DIRNEA) focused on “lightening” the boat to get out of the site.  This involves removing heavy objects such as furniture and other combustible materials.  For this purpose, several barges are being used.

Towing the vessel pending …

At 18:00, Aguilar said they would wait until 23:00 to try to tow the boat, because at that time the tide would be high. “If not, between 10:00 and 11:00 tomorrow (today, April 28th),” quoted the officer.

According to sources,  the boat (Eric) left Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal Island) on Monday.  A few hours before the grounding the boat sailed from the northern island of Genovesa in the direction of Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, east of Isabela Island.

Staff of the Galapagos National Park (GNP) also went into action at the site of the accident to realize a report of what happened. Meanwhile, relevant official authorities – which control the operation of tourism companies – realized that the registration of the ship is TN-00-00123.

Fuel costs for certain Galapagos Islands vessels to increase 30%   Leave a comment

You probably have already heard the news, the Ecuadorian government has announced new measures effective this month (April 2011) that will increase the cost of diesel nearly 30% only for certain vessels operating in the Galapagos Islands.

We will keep readers up to date as official, confirmed details become available.  In addition, we will inform readers which Galapagos Islands cruise operators are directly effected and the associated measure they are taking.

For example, the operators of the sister boats Eric, LEtty, Flamingo have just communicated the following …

You probably have already heard the news, the Ecuadorian government has announced new measures effective this month that will increase the cost of diesel nearly 30% only for certain vessels operating in the Galapagos Islands.  Instead of tacking on a “fuel surcharge” (we abhor that word and assume you do as well), and in an effort not to pass along additional costs to the consumer, we at Ecoventura prefer to revise the structure of our promotions offered going forward. Additional savings has been eliminated entirely, some departure dates have been removed and the amount of discounts have been reduced. All confirmed reservations are locked in and have received a really good deal by booking early. All cabins under option have until April 12 to confirm and receive the former discounts.

TAME airline increases flight rates for Galapagos Islands flights   Leave a comment

As is quite often the case here in Ecuador, it is not uncommon to get wind of official changes in regulations after the fact.  Much as is currently occurring with the ‘new’ national transit laws.  This is also the case with recent changes (apparently took effect on March 31st, 2011) that were made available today (April 7th, 2011).

According to official information from TAME airline, they have changed the rates for thier flights to/from the Galapagos Islands. Up until this date, all airline tickets were classified as ‘Y’ (or Yankie) class – both for high and low season flights.  Now TAME airline has dropped class ‘Y’ and replacing it for class ‘B’ (or Bravo) and class ‘W’ (or Whiskey) in high season, and class ‘H’ (or Hotel) in low season.  Furthermore, TAME airline now only considers the months of July, August & December as high season.

In addition, TAME airline is now charging penalty fees for such things as change of date, change of name etc.

It appears that one set rate is applied to low season flights (much like in the past) but for high season flights one of two tariffs will be applied (class ‘B’ or class ‘W’) depending on availability.

Here is how the fees pan out ….

HIGH SEASON: July, August & December

GALAPAGOS FLIGHT RATES – HIGH SEASON

ROUTING ADULT CHILD
QUITO – GALAPAGOS – QUITO $418 (*B) / $463 (*W) $286 (*B) / $315 (*W)
QUITO – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL $395 (*B) / $440 (*W) $270 (*B) / $300 (*W)
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – QUITO $393 (*B) / $438 (*W) $267 (*B) / $298 (*W)
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL $370 (*B) / $415 (*W) $252 (*B) / $283 (*W)
CODE REFERENCE
High season classes: (B) = SEAT CLASS B / (W) = SEAT CLASS WNOTES 

(a) Seat class subject to availability (*)
(b) ‘Child’ is anyone under 12 years of age / ‘Adult’ is anyone over 12 years of age.
(c) Copies of passports are required by airline for all passengers (adults & children).
(d) Rates do not include USD $10 per airline ticket issue fee charged by airline.
(e) Flight rates are subject to change without prior notice. 

(f)  USD $30 penalty for change of date
(g) USD $50 penalty for change in name
(h) USD $50 penalty for reimbursement refund

UPDATED: APRIL 7th, 2011


LOW SEASON: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October & November

GALAPAGOS FLIGHT RATES – LOW SEASON

ROUTING ADULT CHILD
QUITO – GALAPAGOS – QUITO $373 (H) $254 (H)
QUITO – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL $356 (H) $245 (H))
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – QUITO $379 (H) $260 (H)
GUAYAQUIL – GALAPAGOS – GUAYAQUIL $326 (H) $223 (H)
CODE REFERENCE 

Low season class: (H) = SEAT CLASS H

NOTES

(a) ‘Child’ is anyone under 12 years of age / ‘Adult’ is anyone over 12 years of age.
(b) Copies of passports are required by airline for all passengers (adults & children).
(c) Rates do not include USD $10 per airline ticket issue fee charged by airline.
(d) Flight rates are subject to change without prior notice.
(e) USD $30 penalty for change of date
(f)  USD $50 penalty for change in name
(g) USD $50 penalty for reimbursement refund

UPDATED: APRIL 7th, 2011

Tsunami alert for Galapagos Islands & Ecuador: Continuous updates   3 comments

Tsunami alert Galapagos Ecuador

For news, details and updates on the tsunami alert in effect for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands …

please go to live updating page

http://www.sangay.com/ecuadorguide/galapagos-islands/tsunami-news-updates-for-ecuador-galapagos-islands/

Galapagos Islands news: Rabida Island temporarily closed (Jan.7 – 28/11)   1 comment

According to Resolution no.0071 issued by the Galapagos Islands National Park Directive on December 30th, 2010, the Island of Rabida will be temporarily closed to tourists from January 7th through to January 28th, 2011.

De acuerdo a la resolución 0071 emitida por la Dirección del Parque Nacional Galápagos con fecha 30.12.10, se dispone el cierre temporal para uso turístico del sitio de visita Rábida durante el periodo 07 al 28 de enero del 2011.