Tourist arrests in Galapagos Sea Cucumber smuggling attempt
Ecuadorian authorities arrested seven foreigners after finding a total of 1,313 processed sea cucumbers inside their luggage, the Galapagos National Park Service said Friday. Airport X-ray scanners detected “strange packages” inside the baggage of the seven passengers boarding a flight to mainland Ecuador from the famous park.
The tourists were taken into custody and will faces charges under Appendix III of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, of which Ecuador is a signatory.
Located roughly 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) off the coast of continental Ecuador, the Galapagos archipelago comprises a marine and land reserve covering 132,000 sq. kilometers (50,965 sq. miles). The national park is home to a diverse array of flora and fauna with many endemic species.