Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese fishing fleets and COVID-19 threaten a natural wonder

Galapagos. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care


Just south of the Galapagos’ Marchena Island, there’s a dive spot known by locals as the “fish arena.”

Earlier this summer, more than 300 Chinese fishing vessels—many designed to hold 1,000 tons of catch—waited at the marine preserve’s border, ready to snatch up sea life as it migrated south toward the waters off Peru and Chile…

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