The Ecuadorian Navy has confirmed that around 260 fishing vessels have been spotted 200 miles from the Galapagos Islands
FOX News: Ecuador navy ‘on alert’ as 260-strong Chinese fleet nears Galapagos IslandsEcuadorian Navy increasing patrols to ensure the ships do not enter exclusive economic zone around islands
A large fleet of some 260 Chinese fishing vessels has been spotted in the waters surrounding the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador, the country’s navy officials said last week.
The Ecuadorian Navy said it has increasing patrolling to ensure the Chinese ships do not enter the exclusive economic zone around the Galápagos Islands, where 19th-century British explorer Charles Darwin developed his theory of evolution, Reuters reported.
“We are on alert, conducting surveillance, patrolling to avoid an incident such as what happened in 2017,” Ecuador’s Defense Minister Oswaldo Jarrin said at a press conference. Three years ago, a Chinese ship was apprehended in the Galápagos Marine Reserve carrying 300 tons of marine wildlife — mostly sharks, including the hammerhead, which is near extinction.
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