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Press release
PR.RPU. P001.R01 - 2011-07-20 - No. 049
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A total of 357 sharks were found on the FER MARY I

Technicians and officials from the Galapagos National Park, the National Police, and the Ecuadorian Navy searched the storage compartments of the captured vessel for signs of illegal fishing.



Picture Caption: A total of 356 sharks were found hidden in the storage compartments of the FER MARY I.

The FER MARY I and other three small boats were captured by the Sea Ranger 02, an endowment of the Galapagos National Park, with help from the Navy on the South side of Genovesa Island, 20 miles within the Galapagos Marine Reserve. The vessel arrived to Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristobal) yesterday afternoon.

When the vessel was captured it was originally accompanied by three boats, but the night of the capture, Monday July 18th, three additional boats arrived, and because of rough seas, navigation to San Cristobal was made difficult. For this reason the captured boats did not arrive to the island until Tuesday July 19th at 2pm.

The six boats that accompanied the FER MARY I are: Siempre Virgen from Monserrate with the licence B-0403540; Narcisa de Jesus with the licence B-0406624; Keyla Yeannely with the licence B- 0403540; Heyder Josue with the licence B-0408068; Nuevo Destino II with the licence B-0405287; and Siempre Jose with the licence B-0405971.

After the Navy, police, and the office of the prosecutor performed the required duties, at approximately 5:30 pm, the storage compartments of the vessel were checked to identify the type of fish caught.

The inspection of the storage rooms was finalized today at noon, a total of 357 sharks, 11 mahi mahi, 9 yellow-fin tuna, and 1 swordfish were discovered onboard. The identified shark species are: 286 Big eye thresher sharks (Alopias superciliosus); 22 Blue Sharks (Prionace glauca); 40 Galapagos sharks (Carcharinus galapaguensis); 6 Hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini); 2 Tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvieri); and 1 Mako shark (Isurus oxirrinchus).

The Galapagos National Park has already begun the administrative process to determine what punishment the individuals should receive and what is to be done with the captured vessels. Additionally, the office of the persecutor took the necessary measures to punish the individuals involved for committing this crime.

The capture, commercialization, and mobilization of sharks in the Galapagos Marine Reserve are prohibited.



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