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Ecuador discovers fishing fleet of over 260 trawlers around 200 km from Galápagos Islands
Ecuador discovers fishing fleet of over 260 trawlers around 200 km from Galápagos Islands
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Around 200 miles into off the coasts from the Galápagos Islands, about 260 vessels have been spotted. Most of them have Chinese flags and all of them are outside the protected economic zone of 188-miles around the island.

The former minister of environment and conservationist Yolanda Kakabadse has stated that "this fleet’s size and aggressiveness against marine species is a big threat to the balance of species in the Galápagos".