Galapagos: Illegal Fishing Boat

Illegal Fishing Boat at Darwin Island

This really pissed us off. Although a small amount of fishing is legal for local fisherman, this fishing boat had lines in the water -- clearly visible in the photos I took -- right at the great arch. In fact, they were fishing directly over the ledge, our drop site. A few weeks ago, a silky shark was fished out of the water and released. Divers reported immediately afterwards that the shark was displaying aggressive behavior towards them. In any case, seeing a fishing boat all the way at Darwin was really unfortunate. The Galapagos has a reputation of being a pristene preserve, but that reputation may change if illegal fishing continues.