Thousands of Sharks Found on Boat in Huge Illegal Haul

The establishment of a marine sanctuary within the Galapagos Marine Reserve last year marked an important achievement in the protection of our most valuable marine environments. The protected area in Galapagos from which hundreds of tons of endangered sharks and tunas were poached last week are the world's most abundant waters for sharks. While no fishing is allowed in this region, a lack of adequate enforcement means that illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing will continue to take place.

This latest instance, involving a Chinese vessel, further highlights the importance of universal seafood supply chain transparency. Consumers have the right to be informed as to the origin of their seafood, and no illegally harvested fish should ever find entry into the global seafood market. 

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