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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.

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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]



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Posted October 28, 2009 by sangay in GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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Charles Darwin Foundation   Leave a comment

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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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