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IGTOA Spearheads Pioneering Galapagos Guide Training Initiative

Thanks to the efforts of IGTOA and the support of our member companies, the quality of guiding in the Galapagos Islands is primed to take a huge leap forward in 2016 and beyond.

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IGTOA Launches Campaign to Provide Clean Water to Ecuador's Earthquake Survivors

IGTOA and its member companies are partnering with the The Waterbearers and Waves for Water to purchase Sawyer clean water filtration systems, which will be distributed in the disaster zone immediately. 

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IGTOA Hails Landmark Ruling in Illegal Galapagos Fishing Case

Yesterday, the Galapagos National Park Directorate announced a landmark ruling in an illegal fishing case within the Galapagos Marine Reserve.  

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Isabela's Wolf Volcano Erupts for the First Time in 33 Years

The eruption has sparked concern over the well being of endangered pink iguanas and giant tortoises that live on the slopes of the volcano. 

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Massive Waves Batter Parts of the Galapagos

Last weekend, huge waves battered some coastal areas in the Galapagos Islands, causing damage to townships and raising fears about the well being of certain coastal species. 

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Galapagos National Park Releases Preliminary 2014 Visitor Report

The Galapagos National Park has completed an analysis of data provided by visitors who entered the protected areas of the Galapagos archipelago in 2014 and released some of the initial findings yesterday. 

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Stranded Galapagos Passenger Vessel Breaks up on Rocks

IGTOA has learned from an anonymous source that the Tip Top II ,16-passenger yacht that ran aground near Tortuga Bay on April 24th, has broken up on the rocks. All passengers and crew were quickly rescued without incident. 

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Galapagos Authorities Ban Plastic Shopping Bags

The Galapagos Islands are joining municipalities and governments around the world in banning single use plastic shopping bags. Beginning in August, the importation, distribution and sale of plastic bags will be officially prohibited, according to news reports in the islands.

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The Galapagos National Park Has a New Director

On Friday, April 10th, Ecuador's Environment Ministry announced that Galapagos National director Dr. Arturo Izurieta was being replaced by Alejandra Ordoñez.

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Mangrove Finch Project Hatches Success

The future is looking slightly brighter for one of the world’s most endangered birds after the Charles Darwin Foundation (CDF) announced last week that it is once again rearing mangrove finch chicks in captivity.

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