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Ecuador is going to offer China alternatives to the Beijing-proposed 3-month moratorium on fishing in the vicinity of Galapagos Islands marine reserve following controversy around excessive Chinese fishing there, the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry told Sputnik on Monday.

In late July, Ecuador sounded alarm over the presence of hundreds of aggressively behaving Chinese-flagged fishing vessels in the continental shelf near its Galapagos Islands. Ecuadorian authorities informed Beijing that fishing was restricted in the Galapagos maritime reserve, which accommodates many rare species of flora and fauna. Chinese authorities responded by issuing a temporary ban on fishing there for the period from September to November.

“China unilaterally banned fishing in the western part of open sea near the Galapagos Islands marine reserve from September to November. Ecuador will make a counteroffer to China with regard to the timing and fish species,” the ministry said.

Commenting on the progress Ecuador-China dialogue, which Beijing agreed to engage in in early August, the ministry said several meetings on the level of relevant authorities had already taken place and Ecuador had outlined its concerns during them.

“The dialogue remains open and the talks continue,” the ministry added.

The Galapagos Islands are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. They include an archipelago of 19 islands and a surrounding marine reserve with wildlife and nature so diverse and unique that they are often referred to as a natural museum showcasing the course of evolution.

Source: Sputnik

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Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-09-15 12:29

There is no temporary ban that has to be pushed here : the whole archipelago is an UN wildlife sanctuary, fishing vessels have nothing to do here, there are too many endemic species, China’s attitude is intolerable, and not only in the Galapagos : most of African EEZs are looted by the Chinese fleet of 5400 fishing vessels. Mark my words: many of you will regret the Yanks when the Chinks will replace ’em!

Daeshbags Sux
Daeshbags Sux
2020-09-15 12:33
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When Iran was interested by 2 Chengdu J-10 squadrons (36 aircraft, $27M/unit), Chinese didn’t asked money, just the control of Iran’s biggest oil field for 30 years…

Jack
Jack
2020-09-16 02:32
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