Ecuador accommodates rich marine ecosystems that serve as breeding, nursery, and feeding grounds for a vast array of highly sensitive marine species. However, the country faces poaching, threatening the long-term viability of marine biodiversity, the livelihoods of Ecuador’s local communities, and Ecuador’s economy as a whole.

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The new agreement between Ecuador and Sea Shepherd Legal aims to address those threats.

As the Office of the Attorney General stated:

This agreement, of legal support, will serve to reinforce the investigative work of the General Prosecutor in crimes related to illegal fishing and others committed at sea

Through the agreement, Sea Shepherd Legal will provide training and other support to help enhance the capacity of Ecuador’s prosecutors, judges, administrative officers, enforcement personnel, legislators, and other officials to effectively respond to marine wildlife poaching and other related crimes.