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Galapagos Safeguards: International conservation efforts continue on the Galapagos Islands after the oil spill earlier this year

"BOTH in space and time, we seem to be brought somewhat near to that great fact -that mystery of mysteries- the first appearance of new beings on this earth."

That is how English naturalist Charles Darwin described the Galapagos Islands in his H.M.S. Beagle logbook entry for 8 October 1835. Darwin spent five weeks on the islands observing endemic species such as tortoises, fish and iguanas. The unusual fauna on the Galapagos inspired him to ponder revolutionary theories on natural selection, which he presented in his great work, On the Origin of Species from Natural Selection

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Galapagos Oil Spill: Technical Report 09 May 2001

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Although several months have passed since the Jessica oil spill, follow-up work continues. Scientists from the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS), continue to monitor sites to discover which areas the fuel affected. Of the 650 sites throughout the Galapagos Islands that were selected for sampling, only the sites in Santa Cruz and Santa Fe remain to be checked. In the next two weeks five staff members of the area of Vertebrate Ecology and Monitoring will visit these sites in a motor launch and carefully search for any traces of fuel.

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Galapagos National Park Service Press Release on Cvil lawsuit filed for punitive damages

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Dear Friends and Supporters:

As you know, this past January 16th, the Galapagos Islands suffered an important ecological impact as a result of the grounding of the M/T Jessica and consequentially its fuel spillage in the waters surrounding the archipelago.

In the interests of the province of Galapagos, the Galapagos National Park has presented a civil lawsuit for punitive damages against the company who built the tanker, Petrocomercial, (the Ecuadorian government's entity responsible for transporting hydrocarbons

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Galapagos Oil Spill: Technical Report 02 Mar 2001

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The area of Vertebrate Ecology and Monitoring, Charles Darwin Research Station, continues to take samples at sensitive sites along the Galapagos coastlines in order to establish the distribution and quantity of the fuel that has arrived on land. 650 sites throughout the Galapagos Islands south of Marchena Island were selected for sampling. Last week all of the selected sites on Floreana Island were covered. The team found that the bunker fuel has affected the northeast corner of Floreana.

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Galapagos Oil Spill: Technical Report 20 Feb 2001

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Latest Updates about Monitoring Efforts

Activities in San Cristobal

On Thursday February 15, personnel from the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) in San Cristobal reported that more fuel had started leaking from the Jessica in the morning. The fuel was actually washing up onto the shore. Fortunately it was only a small amount 2,000 or 3,000 gallons, but it was an ominous reminder of what may have happened if the currents had been flowing in the other direction when the first spill occurred.

As soon as the latest spill occurred,

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Galapagos Oil Spill: Technical Report 16 Feb 2001

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Update on the latest developments concerning "Jessica" in San Cristobal

Yesterday, February 15th, a small amount of fuel was reported to be leaking from "Jessica" once again. The tanker ran aground, off the coast of San Cristobal, a month ago. The fuel that has recently leaked out, according to Godfrey Merlen, a Galapagos National Park Service specialist "is from the main engine service tanks of the vessel 'Jessica', and the movement of the ocean has possibly

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NASA helps assess long-term problems of Galapagos Islands fuel spill

In the aftermath of the January 16 fuel spill off the coast of Ecuador, scientists are still trying to determine potential long-term effects of the accident on the ecologically sensitive Galapagos Islands, home to a variety of unique plant and animal species.

While the immediate damage appears to have been successfully contained by emergency response crews from Ecuador and the United States, conservationists warn that the fuel spill's full impact "might not be known for years," according to a press release

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Ecuador - Galapagos Islands Oil Spill OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2001/0028
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Oil Spill - Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
8 February 2001

THE SITUATION IS LARGELY UNDER CONTROL

CLEAN UP AND MONITORING ACTIVITIES CONTINUE

MEDIUM- TO LONG-TERM ASSISTANCE REQUIRED

1. On 17 January 2001 the 'Jessica', an Ecuadorian-registered ship, ran aground on San Cristobal Island, part of the Galapagos Islands archipelago, 1000 km off the coast of Ecuador.

2. The spilled oil has reached the shore in many areas and impacted a variety of aquatic and shoreline birds and

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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National Ocean Service Responds to Galapagos Spill

January 16, Galapagos Islands. The tanker Jessica ran aground just offshore of San Cristobal Island. By January 20, it had begun leaking its cargo of 170,000 gallons of diesel fuel and 60,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil. At the request of the Ecuador government, the National Ocean Service sent a spill response team to assist. NOS will provide environmental protection and cleanup recommendations. A NOS Scientific Support Coordinator arrived on San Cristobal in the USCG C-130 aircraft on January 21. He was joined by a second NOAA Scientific
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Galapagos Oil Spill: Technical Report 05 Feb 2001

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) continues to coordinate the clean up, monitoring and wildlife rescue operations throughout the archipelago. The latest GNPS press release gives information on their activities.

The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) has supported GNPS efforts, particularly through monitoring. Results of the various trips underway continue to come in and the impacts so far have been minimal.

On Friday February 2, the vessel Flamingo I returned to Santa Cruz. The team of scientists had systematically monitored

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Galapagos: Now It's Time For Clean-Up, Evaluation Of Impacts And Monitoring - And To Think About The Future

By the Charles Darwin Foundation for the Galapagos Islands

The grounded ship, "Jessica", is still firmly lodged on the sandbank by San Cristóbal Island in Galapagos, where she ran aground on 16th January. She has resisted the salvage efforts of the Ecuadorian Navy and of the team of U.S. Coast Guard experts, who fly out today after two weeks of intensive work, in which they were able to pump out a little of the cargo but could not right or refloat the vessel. They have confirmed that almost all the cargo of diesel and bunker fuel

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Derrame de combustible en Galapagos: Reporte técnico 31 ene - 02 feb 2001

Cronología técnica de las acciones de la ECCD

El Servicio Parque Nacional Galápagos (SPNG) contin=FAa coordinando las operaciones de limpieza, monitoreo y rescate de vida silvestre en todo el archipiélago. El ultimo boletín de prensa del SPNG ofrece información sobre sus actividades.

La Estación Científica Charles Darwin (ECCD) contin=FAa asistiendo al SPNG, particularmente con monitoreos. Los resultados de los viajes en marcha están empezado a dar resultados y afortunadamente la situación se encuentra, en su mayor parte, bajo control.

El equipo de investigación a bordo del

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Galápagos: Ahora es tiempo de limpiar, evaluar y monitorear los impactos - y pensar en el futuro

Por la Fundación Charles Darwin para las islas Galápagos

La nave "Jessica" encallada el pasado 16 de enero en la isla San Cristóbal, Galápagos permanece todavía firme en el banco de arena. Esta embarcación ha resistido los esfuerzos de ayuda de los expertos de la Armada ecuatoriana y del equipo de la Guardia Costera de los Estados Unidos, quienes ahora salen de las islas después de dos semanas de intenso trabajo. Estos expertos pudieron sacar una pequeña parte de la carga pero no lograron enderezar ni reflotar al tanquero. Ellos

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Galapagos Oil Spill: Technical Report 31 Jan - 01 Feb 2001

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) continues to coordinate the clean up, monitoring and wildlife rescue operations throughout the archipelago. The latest GNPS press release gives information on their activities.

The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) continues to support the GNPS efforts, particularly through monitoring. Results of the various trips underway are starting to come in and fortunately the situation is largely under control.

The research team on board "Flamingo

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Galapagos Oil Spill: Technical Report 30 Jan 2001

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

The Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) continues to coordinate the clean up, monitoring and wildlife rescue operations throughout the archipelago. The GNPS press release gives the latest information on their activities.

The Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) continues to support the GNPS efforts. Today a team of CDRS scientists left Santa Cruz in the tour boat "Flamingo" for a detailed inspection of the southern shore of Isabela over the next three days. If they find

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Update on the Jessica II fuel spill: 30 Jan 2001

PRESS RELEASE 11

Today work with the wrecked tanker continued on San Cristobal. The team of national and international technicians is trying to decide what to do with the ship.

The Galapagos National Park patrol launch Sirenian remains in Floreana where recovery of bunker fuel continues. Today, Tuesday 30, two more marine iguanas were found covered in oil. They received adequate treatment and were then set free. Another Audubon shearwater (marine bird) died. A veterinarian from the Galapagos National Park and two specialists joined the Floreana based work team to

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Estado del derrame de combustible del Jessica II: 30 de ene del 2001

BOLETIN DE PRENSA 11

Las actividades que se han desarrollado el día de hoy consisten básicamente en la continuación de los trabajos en San Cristóbal en el buque siniestrado. El equipo de técnicos, tanto nacionales como extranjeros, está tratando de tomar una decisión sobre qué hacer con el barco.

En Floreana prosigue la recopilación de bunker. La lancha patrullera Sirenian del Parque Nacional Galápagos permanece allá. El día de hoy, martes 30, se encontraron otras dos iguanas marinas cubiertas de combustible, las cuales recibieron el tratamiento

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Galapagos: Chronological account of the Tanker Jessica

Galápagos National Park Press Releases

January 17, 2001 - Isla San Cristóbal, Galápagos. At approximately 2200 local time (UTC-6) on January 16, 2001, the tanker Jessica, owned by Acotramar, ran aground at Schiavoni Reef, about 800 meters from Puerto Baquerizo Moreno on San Cristóbal Island. The vessel was arriving from the port of Guayaquil on the Ecuadorian mainland, carrying 160.000 gallons of diesel destined to be delivered to the fuel dispatch station on Baltra Island, plus 80.000 gallons bunker fuel (IFO), which were to be used to fuel the tourist vessel Galápagos Explorer II.

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Galapagos Oil Spill: Technical Report 29 Jan 2001

TECHNICAL CHRONOLOGY OF CDRS ACTIONS

Isabela: Reports of slicks keep coming in. Today we received news of bunker fuel in the vicinity of Cartago Bay on eastern Isabela. The Ecuadorian Coast Guard vessel "17 de diciembre" left San Cristobal this morning for Isabela with equipment to make a barrier at the entrance of the Bay to prevent any more fuel entering. At 6:00 a.m., the Galapagos National Park Service (GNPS) and Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) personnel left Santa Cruz to help with clean up operations