Ecuador Creates New Marine Sanctuary at Galápagos Islands

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Ecuador Creates New Marine Sanctuary at Galápagos Islands

The government of Ecuador today announced the creation of a more than 15,000-square-mile (40,000-square-kilometer) marine sanctuary around two of the northern Galápagos islands, Darwin and Wolf. In addition, several smaller no-take areas have been created throughout the volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of South America. This move fully protects roughly one-third of the waters around the Galápagos from fishing and other extractive industries. An Ecuadorian province, the Galápagos Islands are home to the world’s largest biomass of sharks and are a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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