Ecuadorian sentenced for smuggling sea cucumbers

The Seventh Court of Criminal Guarantees of the Guayas province sentenced Jonathan V., an Ecuadorian citizen and permanent resident of Galapagos, to three years of imprisonment for the possession and transport of 3,712 sea cucumbers. This is an offence under the 247 article of the Organic Integral Criminal Code.

The cargo and luggage patrol was conducted by GNP park rangers and took place on the January 21 2016.

Sea cucumbers are one of the protected species of the Galapagos Marine Reserve, and at the moment, it is closed season. This is part of one of the measures put in place by the environmental authority to conserve and protect such specimens, as well as their natural habitats.

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© Galapagos National Park

The Galapagos National Park Director, Walter Bustos, said that the Ecuadorian environmental authority would maintain a zero-tolerance policy towards cases that infringe on nature’s rights. He also said that the natural resources generated by the Galapagos’ ecosystems are meant for the benefit of the whole community, in a sustainable way.

“It is unfair that the fishery sector respects the closed season, whilst some individuals abuse the system and traffic protected species. This is why the control systems will keep on”. – Walter Bustos, GNP Director

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