Sea Lion deaths on Pinta | March 24th, 2008

In February, 53 Galapagos sea lions Zalophus wollebacki were found beaten to death on Pinta in the north of the Galapagos archipelago. This is an island that is off limits to anyone without a special permit, and while we have no specific evidence, it seems most likely that disaffected fishermen, either from Galapagos or outside were to blame. There is however no indication as to why the sea lions were murdered. Events such as this highlight the importance of building links with all sections of the community and ensuring that everyone is aware of the benefits of conservation. It also highlights the need to ensure alternative employment opportunities are found for the islands’ fishermen who have always tended to overfish their resource.

Source: Galapagos Conservancy