|Friday, July 02, 2004|
StarKist Responds to Charges of Violating the Galapagos Marine Reserve
Last month, the Sea Shepherd Conservation ship Farley Mowat caught the Ecuadorian tuna seiner Yolanda L fishing illegally inside the Galapagos National Park Marine Reserve.
The American captain of the Yolanda L stated at the time that he was fishing for StarKist.
One of our members wrote to StarKist and received the following reply:
All five Sea Shepherd GPS units placed the Yolanda L inside the Galapagos National Park Marine Reserve. Sea Shepherd crew took pictures and video of two GPS units and the Yolanda L in the same frame to establish documentation of the position of the Yolanda L.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is advising StarKist that these five GPS units and especially the two photographed and videoed GPS units with the Yolanda L be considered as real evidence of a violation. Certainly they provide enough evidence to counter the improbable suggestion that the GPS unit on the Yolanda L was inaccurate.
In addition, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has a video statement of the Captain of the Yolanda L admitting that he drifted into the Marine Reserve after setting his net. Unfortunately for the Captain of the Yolanda L, this is not a valid excuse to forgive the violation and the statement is contradicted by the fact that the prevailing currents in that location flow away from the islands.
We are urging all Sea Shepherd supporters and people concerned about illegal fishing in the Galapagos Marine Reserve to contact:
We want StarKist to refrain from further purchases of tuna caught from the Yolanda L during the time that this violation is being investigated. If a conviction is obtained, we want StarKist to place the Yolanda L on a blacklist of known poaching vessels and agree to not purchase any fish from said vessel.