WildAid, Conservation International and other partners have helped to improve marine enforcement at Santa Clara Island, with the implementation of regular patrols and training for its park rangers in 2015. To increase park rangers’ ability to spot illegal activities, we will install real-time surveillance equipment (a long-range HD camera and AIS software) later this year.
Since 2014, WildAid has been working on a three-year project in Ecuador to reduce illegal and unsustainable fishing. Our work in the six priority marine protected areas of Machalilla, Santa Clara, Pacoche, Santa Elena, El Morro and Galera includes a comprehensive marine protection plan for each site, regular patrols, training for rangers and community outreach. In Machalilla, we installed surveillance equipment and worked with small-scale fishers to encourage sustainable fishing practices. In Pacoche, we helped park rangers patrol their beaches to protect Olive Ridley sea turtle nests.
The Ecuadorian Navy, Undersecretary for Fisheries and Undersecretary for Coastal and Marine Management conducted this joint mission with support from Conservation International and WildAid.