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Satellite Monitoring of Vessels Soon to be a Reality in the Galapagos Marine Reserve

Edgar Muñoz, GNPS Park Director, Fernando Ortiz and Oswaldo Rosero, local representatives of the conservation organizations Conservation International and WildAid, respectively, recently met to review advances of the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) project for the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR).

Currently, the project is in its final phase and over the next four months, we will procure and install the equipment and software required for the operation of the control center located at the GNPS Headquarters.

Ideas of Chinese Youth to Feature in Global Wildlife Preservation Ads

A wildlife preservation group will create public service ads to be shown worldwide based on ideas by young people in China.

San Francisco-based WildAid and local partner Tencent, a major Chinese website, ended a six-month solicitation period for ad ideas Thursday.

Nine suggestions from Chinese youth, mostly college students, were chosen from among 2,160 candidates by environment experts, officials and votes from netizens on www.tencent.com.

WildAid's Galapagos Program featured as an Interactive Game

Every year in the Galapagos Island, poachers illegally kill thousands of sharks, a practice that has brought sharks in the region to the edge of extinction. Elf Island, the virtual world that empowers kids to make a difference in the real world through online game play, this week announced its second GoodQuest,Ô challenging kids around the world to help protect these endangered animals through a partnership with WildAid, a non-profit working to stop the illegal "fining" of sharks in the Galapagos.

CNN, WildAid - Conservation Home Run

After months of bad news about sharks, along comes this mornings in-depth and quite frankly astonishing coverage of Taiwans sharks fin trade by CNN's-Lisa Ling and Peter Knights of WildAid.

The "Planet in Peril" crew traveled with Knights to Taiwan's southern port city of Kaohsiung, which is considered one of the world's main hubs for shark fins. We watched as the fishermen unloaded their catch. Thousands of fins were thrown from one of the ships that had spent months fishing the international waters of the Pacific.

Planet in Peril - Shark Finning

CNN's latest installment of the Planet in Peril focuses on shark finning, and the shark fin trade.

Here are two promotional clips for Lisa Ling's investigative report which will air in December:

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2008/07/15/pip.shark.finning.cnn

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/tech/2008/09/16/pip.shark.finning.cnn

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