September 2, 2014
In a control operation by the Ministry of Environment, through the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) and in coordination with the National Police, a warehouse was raided in Puerto Villamil, Isabela Island, in which two freezers containing approximately one thousand red and green lobster tails were discovered. Red (Panulirus penicillatus) and green (Panulirus gracilis) spiny lobster are protected species within the Galapagos Marine Reserve. In total, 607 pounds were seized consisting of 587 green and 356 red lobster tails.
The fishery for red and green lobster is authorized for use within the marine protected area beginning September 8 for a period of four months, according to an agreement with the Participatory Management Board. The GNPD, which is responsible for the management of the protected areas of Galapagos and its resources, has initiated legal action to punish this potential environmental crime and administrative offense.
Read more about managing fisheries in the Galapagos Marine Reserve.
Translated with permission from the Galapagos National Park Directorate. Please contact Galapagos Conservancy with inquiries.