The Galapagos was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1978. The ocean surrounding the islands has the largest concentration of shark species and some of the richest marine biodiversity in the world.
MORE THAN 300 Chinese fishing and factory ships have converged on the border of the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. Their presence will have a devastating effect on the island’s marine ecosystem and endanger the
survival of several migratory species. Please watch this short BBC Video
To raise awareness about this tragedy the Arcandina foundation, a non-profit Ecuadorian organization, will produce several family television programs about the importance of protecting our oceans and marine life for the health of our planet.
Esperanza (“Hope” in English) is the name of a whale shark that went missing in the Galapagos Islands a few days after the arrival of the massive Chinese fishing fleet. Esperanza will be a leading character in the television programs along with other puppets from the Arcandina TV series. The Arcandina Foundation has received awards from the National Wildlife Federation and UNESCO for their environmental programs.
We invite you to become a part of this educational campaign to help the Galapagos.
- Rodney Miller
- Elizabeth Seltzer