Protecting the Galapagos Environment

 

The Galapagos Islands are home to nearly 3,000 marine species, many which are found nowhere else on earth. Its rich marine ecosystems support the concentration and reproduction of migratory marine species ranging from humpback whales and sea turtles to giant manta rays and hammerhead sharks. The islands are a priceless world heritage.

Unfortunately, the Galapagos marine environment is at risk due to invasive species, population growth, unsustainable fishing, and the impacts of tourism, among others. 

As visitors to the Galapagos it is our privilege and responsibility to help protect these marine ecosystems and we can play an important role in ensuring their continued sustainability for many years to come.

WildAid and Angermeyer Cruises have teamed up to create the Galapagos Conservation Fund to help stop some of the greatest threats to the Galapagos marine environment: unsustainable and illegal fishing, and the threat of invasive species. Through your tax-deductible contribution to the Galapagos Conservation Fund, you can help us protect this unique place for years to come.

 
 
© Laura Wais Photography

© Laura Wais Photography

Stopping illegal fishing

Together with local partners, WildAid prevents illegal fishing, which threatens the livelihood of the community, the sustainability of fish stocks, and the health of marine ecosystems in the Galapagos. Together with the Galapagos National Park Service and Navy, WildAid integrates electronic surveillance technology to monitor the reserve, trains park rangers annually, and works with the government to enact stronger regulations to combat illegal fishing in Ecuador. Recent successes include: a high-profile arrest in April of illegal fishers and the development of a legal database for Galapagos park lawyers that helped resolve and assign penalties to a backlog of over 200 environmental cases.

© Laura Wais Photography

© Laura Wais Photography

Preventing Invasive Species

The greatest threat to biodiversity in the Galapagos Islands is the introduction of invasive species. Once introduced, irreversible damage may occur to native or endemic species of plants, animals or insects. WildAid currently supports the Galapagos Biosecurity Agency via training initiatives for their staff that help to prevent the introduction of invasive species and enact effective quarantine measures once they have been identified. Recent successes include setting up rapid diagnosis labs to identify high-risk invasive species and quickly contain them and launching a four-month celebrity-led awareness campaign to prevent the introduction of invasive species through educational videos that reached five million people across Ecuador.