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  • Plastikmüll ist grenzenlos © WDR

    A film worth seeing

    The German TV channel "Das Erste" showed an impressive short film (8 minutes) about the Galápagos Islands in its "Weltspiegel" program.

    It shows the work of biologist Diana Pazmiño in taking samples of baby sharks and rays. A project that we also support with your help, because we still do not have sufficient knowledge about these animals. The viewer can follow how the genetic researcher obtains her data and it is also explained why it is so important to obtain this information.

    Also, the story of the boat captain Manolo, a former fisherman, is told. He now works with the scientists and has realized the threat posed by unsustainable fishing and illegal waste disposal. 

    For this reason, he is advocating for a new way of fishing. His goal is to be a role model for others.  

    For this reason, he has attached a camera to his boat that continuously films where he goes, where he catches what fish, and how he does it. Those videos are shared with the customers when he sells the fish.  

    For this reason, his fish are more expensive, but he also has to catch less.  

    On the mainland we meet the marine biologists Pablo Muños and Daniela Alarcon in their search for plastic waste washed ashore. Because although single-use plastic has been banned in the archipelago since 2019, enormous amounts can be found on the beaches, because plastic waste knows no boundaries and is transported everywhere by the ocean currents. 

    This film explains with wonderful images the existing problems of the marine protected area and shows the people who work tirelessly to preserve the unique Galápagos archipelago and the surrounding protected area. 


    Plastic waste is boundless © WDR

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