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Quito (AFP) Aug 15, 2017
A court in Ecuador remanded in custody the Chinese crew of a fishing boat suspected of catching endangered sharks in the Galapagos Islands marine reserve, a minister said.
The Chinese-flagged Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was caught on Sunday with 300 tonnes of fish, mostly sharks, including protected species such as the hammerhead, said Ecuador's environment minister Tarsicio Granizo.
A judge on the island of San Cristobal ordered about the ship's crew of about 20 to be held in custody pending court proceedings, Granizo told a news conference in the capital Quito.
"Not necessarily all of the catch came from the marine reserve, but the fact that it included young sharks, even baby sharks, indicates that they could have been caught inside the reserve," the minister said.
Ecuadoran law allows prison sentences of up to three years for crimes against protected flora and fauna.
Washington (UPI) Aug 9, 2017
Hilarie Sorensen intended to do her master's thesis on crystal jellyfish, the half moon-shaped bioluminescent jellies that are ubiquitous off the West Coast. Instead she'll be researching a jelly-like creature she hadn't heard of before May. That was when the University of Oregon marine biology graduate student went on a two-week research cruise from San Francisco to Newport, Ore. "In p ... read more
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