Some poachers have little respect for laws; others think these laws don't apply to them. The fishing vessel Nano from Manta, Ecuador seems to be in a league of its own. We reported the capture of the Nano on April 27 2008.
The vessel was released from Isabela Island by the port captain and returned to Manta to face charges for having between 200 and 300 sharks on board and for being inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve. Upon the vessel's arrival in Manta, the sharks had mysteriously disappeared and the local authorities took no action. The Nano was allowed to continue its shark killing activities without hindrance.
The poachers must have thought they were untouchable when they once again ventured into the Galapagos Marine Reserve on February 11th, only this time they were stopped by the Coastguard vessel San Cristobal. Upon arrest, they were 1.6 nautical miles inside the Galapagos Marine Reserve, Northwest of San Cristobal Island. The Captain of the Nano and his 8 crewmembers claimed to have drifted into the Marine Reserve due to mechanical problems. Inside the hold of the Nano were 100 sharks, which included:
- Pelagic thresher sharks
- Bigeye thresher sharks
- Silky sharks
- Scalloped hammerheads
- Smooth hammerheads
- Blue sharks
Besides the 100 sharks, only 30 other fish were found on board, albacore and dorado. More....