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    Mexico Creates Marine Reserve Around Islands Called ‘Galapagos of North America’

    MEXICO CITY — Mexico’s government has created a marine park the size of Illinois in the Pacific, the largest ocean reserve in North America for the conservation of giant rays, whales and turtles, including dozens of species endemic to the area.

    Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto designated on Friday
    the Revillagigedo Archipelago, located some 390 km (242 miles)
    southeast of the Baja California peninsula, as a national park.

    The four volcanic islands that make up the Revillagigedo
    Archipelago and the surrounding waters are home to hundreds of
    species of animals and plants, including rays, humpback whales,
    sea turtles, lizards and migratory birds.

    The archipelago is sometimes known as the Galapagos of North
    America, in reference to the volcanic Ecuadorean islands whose
    abundance of endemic species inspired biologist Charles Darwin.

    All fishing prohibited

    The 148,000 square kilometers (57,143 square miles) area is
    a breeding ground for commercially fished species such as tuna
    and sierra. Now all fishing activities will be prohibited, as well as
    the construction of hotel infrastructure on the islands.

    The Environment Ministry and Navy “will carry out
    surveillance, equipment and training activities that will
    include remote monitoring in real time, environmental education
    directed at fishermen and sanctions against offenders,” said
    Pena Nieto.

    The creation of the marine park is expected to help recover
    fish populations hit hard by commercial fishing and was praised
    by the World Wildlife Fund and British billionaire Richard
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    Good news. Watch out for Chinese fishing fleets though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maanaam View Post
    Good news. Watch out for Chinese fishing fleets though.
    I'm sure they will. There is money to be made.

    QUITO (Reuters) - An Ecuadorean judge has jailed 20 Chinese fishermen for up to four years for illegally fishing off the Galapagos Islands, where they were caught with 6,600 sharks. The Chinese-flagged ship Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was apprehended in mid-August with some 300 tonnes of near-extinct or endangered species, including hammerhead sharks.The crew received jail time of between one and four years, the judge said late on Sunday.
    They were also fined a total of $5.9 million.

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