Rescue Galapagos

Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador lie the volcanic islands of the Galápagos, famous for a wealth of unique plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. The Galápagos Islands were the source of Darwin's theory of evolution and remain a priceless living laboratory for scientists today.

A Chinese fishing fleet of nearly 300 vessels, many designed to hold 1,000 tons of catch, have been spotted at the marine preserve's border, scooping up sea life near the Galapagos Islands. 

Overfishing in the high seas near the Galapagos is endangering the unique species that thrive there.

In addition to the overfishing problem, plastic pollution is washing up to shore and killing the biota of the region.

Why should you care?

The imbalance of nature is a threat to our survival. The oceans of the Earth can exist without us, but we cannot exist without our oceans. They are our primary life support system on earth. Our air, our climate, and our food are dependent upon the health of our oceans. The dangers posed by illegal fishing and overfishing are aggravated by the continual assault of plastic pollution. The time is now to protect our sacred jewels of the planet before they are gone forever.

What is happening in Galapagos is happening globally, where countries are unable to enforce and protect their marine resources from predatory fishing operations from China and other countries.

What's the solution?

Rescue Galapagos Emergency Fund is working towards:

- Creating a new model for collaboration between scientists, technology experts, artists, governments, and environmental organizations and using an online and network broadcast event to raise awareness and needed funding to protect wildlife on the Galapagos Islands.

- This new model of partnership and collaboration will be utilized in protecting our resources and marine resources globally.

- Create strategic partnerships showcasing emerging technologies to track illegal fishing vessels.

- Educate consumers about where their food comes from and raise awareness about the impacts of single-use plastics.

Long Term Vision:

- Raise $5M - $50M. Go Beyond the Galapagos to create new alliances and partnerships that can be modeled in other parts of the world to stop illegal fishing globally.

- Promote greater international cooperation and increased awareness of what is occurring in the world’s oceans, and how to stop illegal fishing operations through using technologies, enforcement, government, NGO's, technology partnerships, and direct environmental action to provide greater monitoring and enforcement capabilities in protecting marine life.

- Increase eco-tourism in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands that will benefit conservation and marine life protections.

Note: We're starting this fundraising effort on GoFundMe to help cover startup expenses. In Spring 2021, we'll bring together the world of arts and entertainment, science, and technology for a live event featuring celebrities, musical acts, and science experts to promote awareness of the crisis in the Galapagos Islands and provide rapid response through the Galapagos Emergency Fund. 

Donations

  • Christine Vicente 
    • $20 
    • 1 mo
  • Anonymous 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo
  • Roger Kintz 
    • $25 
    • 1 mo

Organizer

Stacey Pokluda 
Organizer
Santa Barbara, CA
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