A country in north-western South America. One of 17 megadiverse countries globally. Ecuador hosts many endemic plants and animals, such as those of the Galapagos islands (Archipelago in Ecuador). 1.71 crores population
The term megadiverse nations refers to any one of a group of nations that harbor the majority of Earth’s species and high numbers of endemic species. in In 1998, Conservation International identified 17 megadiverse nations globally.
Ecuador is on alert due to the appearance of a huge fle of mostly Chinese-flagged fishing vessels off its Galapagw Islands.
In 2017, a Chinese vessel was caught in the marine reserve with 300 tonnes of most of it sharks.
“We are on alert, conducting surveillance, patrolling to avoid an incident such as what happened in 2017,” Oswaldo Jarrin Ecuadorean Defence Minister said.
CHINA’S STATED POSITION
China on its part has maintained that it is a “responsible fishing nation” having a “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal fishing.
This incident is another reminder of the Chinese expansionist attitude. On one hand Chinese navy sinks Vietnamese fishing ships in South China Sea, but on the other hand China brazenly tries to fish in waters that are far away from its territories.
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