Hunting for shark
fins and sea cucumbers,
which are sought after as
delicacies in South-east
Asian countries, is on the rise
despite a ban. During raids
by the navy and the
Galapagos National Park
personnel, a total of 57,000
sea cucumbers were captured from fishing fleets in
just one week in the beginning of March.
The raids follow the government's decision to enforce the ban more strictly. However, local experts say the decision might have come a bit too late as the sea cucumbers may have been already exhausted. 'The future of sharks also looks bleak following the likely inclusion of Ecuador in the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. It is expected to boost seafood exports such as shark fins to south Asian countries.
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