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Friday, February 27, 2004

Giant tortoises held hostage by fishermen
Thirty research staff + an unknown number of giant tortoises are being held hostage by fisherman at the Charles Darwin Research Centre on the Galapagos Islands.

The fishermen are unhappy that they are not allowed to fish for sharks using long lines, and that large cruise ships can no longer dock on the islands.

Environmental campaigners are urging the Ecuadorian government not to cave into this pressure...