On this edition of Your Call, we rebroadcast our conservation with Los Angeles Times investigative reporter Susanne Rust about Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world.
The islands and the surrounding marine reserve have been called a unique ‘living museum and showcase of evolution’, but COVID-19 has laid bare the vulnerability of an economic model that is 90% dependent upon tourism. The islands are also under threat by Chinese fishing fleets. Many vessels are designed to hold 1,000 tons a catch.
Susanne Rust, investigative environmental reporter at the Los Angeles Times
Dr. Marla Valentine, illegal fishing and transparency analyst at Oceana
The Los Angeles Times: Crisis in the Galapagos: Chinese fishing fleets and COVID-19 threaten a natural wonder