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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 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.

Galapagos to adhere to the 15 day itineraries in 2011.   1 comment


The Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) is committed to maintaining the quality of visitor sites in terms of infrastructure, flow of visitors, and the quality of interpretation, and to ensuring that tourism activities in the archipelago adhere to the principles of ecotourism, as established in the Park’s Management Plan.

The results of the Park’s annual monitoring activities, together with reports presented by naturalist guides, and information shared by tourists, has revealed that the high demand at some sites is reducing the quality of the visitor experience. To address this problem, the GNPS recently held a workshop in which tourism operators, naturalist guides, and Park personnel worked to organize new itineraries for the 70 boats operating multi-day tours in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

During the workshop, participants analyzed and discussed different alternatives, and agreed to implement 15 day itineraries which will not visit any site more than once within a 15-day period. This arrangement would allow passengers to participate in cruises lasting five, seven or 15 days.

In 2010, the GNPS will begin the process of rolling out the new itineraries. The goal is for all tour ships operating in Galapagos to adhere to the 15 day itineraries in 2011.

The implementation of this measure will reduce visits to the most critical visitor sites, such as Bartolomé and Española by 50%.

Other complementary measures to optimize the management of the tourist experience include: visits to the towns, improved distribution of flights among Galapagos airports, zoning of ancillary tourism activities, and mechanisms for providing access to sites under special circumstances.

Proceso de Relaciones Públicas – Parque Nacional Galápagos – Ecuador
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Galapagos National Park useful data   Leave a comment

Important data, statistics, contacts for the Galapagos National Park can be found at the Parque Nacional de Galapagos web site []

NOTE: All information on this site is in Spanish [contact Robin Slater at if you require a portion translated for you]



ABOUT THE NATURALISTS GUIDE (training, duties etc)



Posted October 28, 2009 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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Charles Darwin Foundation   Leave a comment

Celebrating 50 years, the Charles Darwin Foundation has launched its new web site:

Lonesome George – Galapagos News   Leave a comment

Source: Parque Nacional Galapagos [Galapagos National Park]
Date: July 21, 2009

Translation by: Robin Slater (Sangay Touring)

New hopes for obtaining descendants of the Lonesome George.

In the pen of the emblematic Giant Tortoise a new nest if discovered.

The Director of the Galapagos National Park, Edgar Muñoz, participated in the gathering, measuring and weighing of the eggs.

Last Saturday, the female Nº 107, one of two female that share the pen with the Solitary Jorge (spanish) (Lonesome George) and the female that attempted mating with Lonesome George for the first time in 2008, has nested this year again, renewing hopes for descendants of this emblematic Giant Tortoise.

Yesterday afternoon, National Park wardens opened the nest and found five eggs under perfect conditions. These eggs were removed, weighed, measured and placed in the artificial incubators in the Center of Reproduction and Upbringing in Captivity of Giant Turtles, part of the Galapagos National Park. Now it is necessary to wait the 120 days that the incubation process lasts to know if the eggs are fertile.

Due to the necessity of trying to recover the Pinta Island species (Geochelone abingdoni), the five eggs were placed in the incubator that keep the eggs at a constant temperature of 29.5 °C that which allows / augments the chances of obtaining female offspring.

The female Nº 107 and her partner are the Geochelone becky species, from the Wolf volcano on the western island of Isabela, which have a shell similar to that of Lonesome George, for this reason in 1993, started to share the with Lonesome George as part of an experiment to motivate their reproduction.

When almost all hopes that the reptile mates with his companions, in July of 2008, these females produced eggs, giving hope that this last of the Pinta island species does not go into extinction.

Resurgen las esperanzas de obtener descendientes del Solitario Jorge

En el corral del emblemático animal se encontró un nuevo nido

El Director del PNG, Edgar Muñoz, participó de la recolección, medición y pesaje de los huevos.

El sábado pasado, la hembra Nº 107, una de las dos que comparten el corral con el Solitario Jorge y que desovó por primera vez en 2008, volvió a anidar este año, con lo que renacen las esperanzas de que el emblemático reptil deje descendencia.

Ayer en la tarde, guardaparques abrieron el nido y encontraron cinco huevos en perfectas condiciones. Estos huevos fueron sacados, pesados, medidos y colocados en las incubadoras artificiales del Centro de Reproducción y Crianza en Cautiverio de Tortugas Gigantes de la Dirección del Parque Nacional Galápagos (DPNG), ahora hay que esperar los 120 días que dura el proceso de incubación para conocer si los huevos son fértiles .

Debido a la necesidad de tratar de recuperar la especie de tortugas de Pinta (Geochelone abingdoni), los cinco huevos fueron colocados en la incubadora que se mantienen a una temperatura de 29,5 °C lo cual permite obtener individuos hembras.

La hembra Nº 107 y su compañera, son de la especie Geochelone becky, originaria de volcán Wolf en la isla Isabela, tiene un carapacho de forma similar a Jorge, por lo que desde 1993, comparten el corral con el solitario como parte de un experimento para motivar su reproducción.

Cuando se veían agotadas las esperanzas de que el reptil se aparee con sus acompañantes, en julio de 2008, estas hembras desovaron por primera vez devolviendo al mundo la ilusión de que la especie de tortugas gigantes de Pinta no se extinga.

Elaborado por: Proceso de Relaciones Públicas de la Dirección del Parque Nacional Galápagos
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Baltra Island Becomes Part of Galapagos National Park   Leave a comment

DATE: 19 June 2009

An Executive Decree Defines the Zoning of Baltra Island, which is now part of the Galapagos National Park.

Baltra Island, located at the center of the Galapagos Archipelago, officially became part of the Galapagos National Park (GNP) and thus part of the National System of Protected Areas of Ecuador, through Executive Decree 1784, dated June 15, 2009.

Baltra Island is now part of the Galapagos National Park.


This decree defines the zoning of Baltra and establishes areas for conservation and restoration of ecosystems, and areas for the reduction of environmental impacts, as laid out in the zoning system in the GNP Management Plan.

The area designated for conservation and restoration of ecosystems will be monitored by the GNP and occupies 73.9% (1,874.15 ha) of the island. A total of 28.94% (722.85 ha) of the island has been designated as an area for impact reduction. Within this area, three sub zones have been defined:

* Areas for special use, managed by the GNPS
* Areas for use by the Ecuadorian military, managed by the Ecuadorian armed forces
* Areas for airport infrastructure, managed by the Office of Civil Aviation

The decree also designated the roads connecting the Baltra docks with the airport as areas for “free circulation for terrestrial transit.”

The process of zoning Baltra was initiated more than two years ago, following a request by the Minister of the Environment and the Ministry of Defense to clarify institutional responsibility for the management and use of Baltra, where the Galapagos Air Base and the Puerto de Seymour Port Captaincy are located.

A committee created a zoning proposal which was approved by the Ingala Council. With this baseline document, the Minister of Environment began a process of dialogue with the Ministry of Defense.

The zoning proposal integrated the land use needs of the three institutions based on the island, and the guidelines contained in the GNPS Management Plan.

Proceso de Relaciones Públicas – Parque Nacional Galápagos – Ecuador
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101 Pink Iguanas in Galapagos   Leave a comment

Investigators of the Galapagos National Park and the University of  Tor Vergata de Roma traveled to Wolf Volcano on Isabela Island in order to study the newly discovered “pink iguana”.   The team found, tagged and took blood samples from 101 iguanas (of which 55 where male).  In addition the team confirmed that the pink iguana population  is not as threatened as previous thought.

Source:  El Comercio, May 16, 2009

Galapagos airports and docks fumigated   Leave a comment

Source: El

Galapagos National Park authorities have decided to take preventive measures in the ports and access airports to the islands to avoid the entrance of the ‘swine flu” (or “novel flu” as it is now being named) virus.

These measure include the mandatory use of masks and surgical gloves for all personnel that work in these sectors.

The arrival sections of the airports, along with the docks, will be fumigated with disinfectant after each flight. Foot baths will also be implemented with disinfectant.

According to an official statement of the Park authorities, the waste from the airplanes that arrive to Galapagos will stay on board and they won’t be able to be disembarked in the airports of the islands.

All the passengers that arrive to the islands, will disinfect their hands with alcohol to 75%, before the exit of the room of arrival of the airports.

FROM THE WHO (World Health Organization)

The World Health Organization on Wednesday raised its global pandemic alert level to five — its second highest level — meaning a pandemic is imminent and countries must finalize preparations to deal with the outbreak of swine flu.

“Based on assessments of all available information and following several expert consultations, I have decided to raise the current level of influenza pandemic alert from Phase 4 to Phase 5,” WHO director general Margaret Chan said during a briefing from the organization’s headquarters in Geneva.

Phase 5 is called when there is human-to-human spread of a virus in at least two countries in one region, according to WHO’s pandemic response guidelines.
The WHO said Wednesday that laboratory tests have confirmed 114 cases in seven countries, including:

* 19 cases in Canada.
* 91 cases in U.S. with one reported death.
* 26 cases in Mexico with seven reported deaths.
* Two cases in Israel.
* Four cases in Spain.
* Two cases in the United Kingdom.
* Two cases in New Zealand.

Galapagos National Park Rules   Leave a comment

From Safari Guides “Wildlife of the Galapagos”, by Julian Fitter, Daniel Fitter and David Hosking (published in 2000).

The Galapagos Islands are one of the few places in the world that remain relatively untouched by human exploitation. The preservation of the environment is everybody’s responsibility. You can help, by following some simple rules which will help to maintain the archipelago’s fragile ecosystem intact. The future depends on you.

smallfeetBe careful not to transport any live material to the islands, or from island to island (insects, seeds, soil). You are not allowed to bring pets to the islands.

smallfeetNo plants, rocks, animals or their remains, such as bones, pieces of wood, corals, shells, or other natural objects should be removed or disturbed. You may damage the islands ecological conditions.

smallfeetAnimals should not be touched or handled. A sea lion pup will be abandoned by its mother, for example, if she smells the scent of a human on her young. The same applies to chicks of birds.

smallfeetAnimals may not be fed. It may alter their life cycle, their social structure and affect their reproduction.

smallfeetDo not disturb or pursue any animal from its resting or nesting spot. This is especially true for birds such as boobies, cormorants, gulls and frigates. The nests should be approached carefully, keeping a distance of at least 1 to 2 metres. If disturbed, the bird will flee and abandon its egg or chick, which could be predated or die under the strong sun within 30 minutes.

smallfeetAll groups that visit the National Park must be accompanied by a qualified guide approved by the National Park. The visitor must follow the trails, marked with small black and white posts, and never leave it. If you do so, you may destroy nests without being conscious of it (marine iguanas nest in the sand).

smallfeetFollow the guide; stay with him/her for information and advice. He or she is responsible for you. If the guide behaves badly or does not follow the rules himself, report him or her to the National Park.

smallfeetLitter of all types must be kept off the islands. Disposal at sea must be limited to certain types of garbage, only to be thrown overboard in selected areas. Keep all rubbish: film wrappers, cigarette butts, chewing gum, tin cans, bottles, etc. in a bag or pocket, to be disposed of on your boat. Do not throw anything on the islands or overboard. It could end up at the coast or the beach, or eaten by sea turtles or sea lions. A sea lion may play with a tin can found on the bottom and cut its sensitive muzzle. Sea turtles may die from swallowing a plastic bag.

smallfeetDo not paint names or graffiti on the rocks. It is against the law, and you will be fined for it.

smallfeetDo not buy souvenirs or objects made from plants or animals of the islands (with the exception of articles made from wood). Among such articles are turtle shells, sea lion teeth, black coral. This is the best way to discourage such a trade.

smallfeetTo camp, you need a permit from the National Park Service (Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela). Do not make fires, but use a gas stove instead.

smallfeetDo not hesitate to show your conservationist attitude. Explain these rules to others, and help to enforce them.

The Galapagos National Park thanks you for respecting these rules.

Posted April 2, 2009 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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