State Department Supports Ecuadorian Protection of Galapagos Reserve

Vessels from China are violating international environmental fishing regulations.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has released a statement in support of the Ecuadorian government endeavoring to curb illegal fishing practices. 

“The People’s Republic of China subsidizes the world’s largest commercial fishing fleet, which routinely violates the sovereign rights and jurisdiction of coastal states, fishes without permission, and overfishes licensing agreements. Given this unfortunate record of illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing, rule-breaking, and willful environmental degradation, it is more important than ever that the international community stands together for the rule of law and insists on better environmental stewardship from Beijing.

“The Ecuadorian government has done just that in raising the alarm about the hundreds of PRC-flagged vessels fishing near Ecuador’s important Galápagos marine reserve and harvesting endangered sharks for their fins, along with many other protected species. We firmly support Ecuador’s efforts to ensure PRC-flagged vessels do not engage in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing and stand with States whose economies and natural resources are threatened by PRC-flagged vessels’ disregard for the rule of law and responsible fishing practices.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Pompeo as he leads diplomatic efforts with China.
  • For the State Department as they monitor coastal infringements near the United States.
  • For the president’s administration as the PRC continues to display inciteful behavior.

Sources: The State Department


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