ECUADOR

ECUADOR

Hunting for sharkfins and sea cucumbers,which are sought after asdelicacies in South-eastAsian countries, is on the risedespite a ban. During raidsby the navy and theGalapagos National Parkpersonnel, a total of 57,000sea cucumbers were captured from fishing fleets injust one week in the beginning of March.

The raids follow thegovernment's decision toenforce the ban more strictly.However, local experts saythe decision might havecome a bit too late as the seacucumbers may have beenalready exhausted. 'Thefuture of sharks also looksbleak following the likelyinclusion of Ecuador inthe Asia Pacific EconomicCooperation forum. It isexpected to boost seafoodexports such as shark fins tosouth Asian countries.

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