Floating Swarm

An original Voice of America series documents a Chinese fleet's massive fishing operation west of the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador. The vessels fish for months without returning to port. The number of species they extract from the ocean is unknown. In the Galapagos, people fear that one of the best-preserved marine ecosystems on the planet will be depleted.

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The Humboldt Current comes from Peru

The Cromwell Current comes from the western Pacific Ocean

The Panama Current comes from the Gulf of Panama

The Galapagos Marine Reserve is a sanctuary of 3,500 species

Three ocean currents converge in the archipelago: the cold Humboldt Current from Peru; a warm current that comes from Panama; Cromwell Current, rich in nutrients.


The Galapagos Marine Reserve

The Galapagos Marine Reserve was created in 1998 and is a massive 138,000-square-kilometers. On January 15, 2022, Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso signed a resolution to expand the marine reserve from the original 138,000-square kilometers to 198,000-square kilometers.