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IGTOA Launches New Conservation Fundraising Program Aboard Top Galapagos Cruise Vessels

This month, IGTOA will launch an exciting new traveler philanthropy initiative onboard some of the finest live-aboard cruise vessels operating in the Galapagos Islands. 

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The Crew of the Chinese Fishing Boat Caught in Galapagos Waters is Headed for Prison

An Ecuadorian court has sentenced the officers and crew of the Chinese ship caught with 300 tons of fish, including 6,600 shark carcasses, to prison. The Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999 was detained by authorities about 40 miles north-east of San Cristobal, within the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR), on August 13th.  

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Galapagos Authorities Seize 300 Tons of Fish and Shark Carcasses

At 6 a.m. on Sunday, August 13th, the captain of a Galapagos National Park patrol vessel noticed something odd on his radar: a very large ship. Because the waters of the Galapagos Marine Reserve are severely restricted, he attempted to contact the ship, but received no answer. After several more unsuccessful attempts to make contact, Pelayo Salinas, an Ecuadorian Navy officer who also works for the Charles Darwin Foundation, and three others, jumped in a Zodiac and gave chase.

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IGTOA Donates $25,000 to Train a K-9 Sniffer Dog Unit to Detect Invasive Species

This year, IGTOA and its member companies were proud to contribute $80,000 to four organizations working on the front lines of Galapagos conservation. WildAid received a $25,000 grant to train a K-9 sniffer dog unit and its handlers and build kennels to house the unit on Santa Cruz. The dogs will be stationed at ports of entry and will help detect invasive species. The following is a thank you letter from WildAid that explains how IGTOA's funds will be used to safeguard and protect the Galapagos Islands in the coming year.

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IGTOA Donates $15,000 to Educate and Empower the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders in the Galapagos

This year, IGTOA and its member companies were proud to contribute $80,000 to four organizations working on the front lines of Galapagos conservation. Ecology Project International (EPI) received a $15,000 grant in support of its efforts to educate and empower young people to become the next generation of conservation leaders in the Galapagos Islands. The following is a thank you letter from EPI that explains how IGTOA's funds will be used to safeguard and protect the Galapagos Islands in the coming year. 

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IGTOA Donates $15,000 to Help Humanely Control Galapagos Pet Populations

This year, IGTOA and its member companies were proud to contribute $80,000 to four organizations working on the front lines of Galapagos conservation. Darwin Animal Doctors (DAD) received a $15,000 grant. The following is a thank you letter from DAD that explains how IGTOA's funds will be used to safeguard and protect the Galapagos Islands in the coming year.

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IGTOA Donates $25,000 to Help Restore Floreana Island

This year, IGTOA and its member companies were proud to contribute $80,000 to four organizations working on the front lines of Galapagos conservation. Island Conservation received a $25,000 grant in support of its Floreana Island Biodiversity Heritage Community Campaign. The following is a thank you letter from Island Conservation that explains the significance of the project and how IGTOA's funds will be used.

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Galapagos Resident Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Sea Cucumber Violation

An Ecuadorian court recently sentenced a Galapagos resident to three years in prison for possessing and transporting sea cucumbers out of season.   

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A Sad Farewell to the San Cristobal Vermillion Flycatcher

Recently, the San Cristobal vermillion flycatcher became the first bird species to become exit in the Galapagos Islands since the arrival of humans. 

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Africa Berdonces is the New Director of the Galapagos National Park

Africa Berdonces is the new Director of the Galapagos National Park. 

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