Hallo Peter ! Leider kommt es immer wieder zu Problemen mit durchfahrenden Seglern die dort an Land gehen, wo sie nicht duerfen. Und so habe ich erst mal die Spielregeln vom National Park an Dich geschickt. Gruß, Henry, Transocean GalapagosThe Office of the Galapagos Nacional Park and the 'Charles Darwin Biological Station' have issued the following set of regulations to be observed by inhabitants of Province of Galapagos and the tourists that visit the Island.
1./ No animal, plant, or rock may be removed or molested. This is against the Law, as these acts may have serious consequences on the ecological conditions of the Islands.
2./ Itís prohibited to transport any sort of material from one island to another. Check to see if you are carrying any sort of seed, insect or trash on your dress apparel. If you do find anything of this sort , make sure it is left on board your ship to be removed at a later period. The reason for this is that each island has its own unique flora and fauna, and the introduction of any foreign plant or animal may endanger the native spices of said island.
3./ Never touch or pet the animals, they con lose rapidly there extraordinary docility.
4./ Never feed the animals. It is not only dangerous , but can also alter the social structure of the native animals.
5./ Never frighten or chase any animal from its nest or resting place . Be particularly careful when you visit the colonies of sea birds during the mating season. Never disturb the nests of the finches, frigate birds, corrmorants or sea gulls. Never come close than 40 meters to the nests of frigate birds . The nests of the finches and frigate birds on tower Island can observed from a distance of six meter , never closer. These birds abandon their nests if theyíre molested, dropping either their eggs or chicks to the ground, or leaving them at the mercy of the tropical sun. ( A recently hatched chick will die in 20 or 30 minutes if it is directly exposed to the head of the sun ). Donít visit the vulnerable and unique colony of albatrosses on Ëspañola ( Hood ) during the first nesting days of May, or in the hatching period from mid June to the first two weeks of July.
6./ Never take pets to the islands ( Dogs, cats, monkeys, etc, ) as domestic animals that have adapted to wildlife are responsible for causing the greatest damage to the islands.
7./ Never leave trash of any sort on the island. Place any waste material ( film wrapper, paper, leftovers, cans, bottles, etc.) in a bag or the ship or boat that carried you to the island. Donít toss tin cans or any other type of trash off the ships when in the vicinity of any of the island , as any sort of garbage that accumulates on the beaches or shores can destroy the natural flora and fauna of the Galapagos . Never drop any type of plastic articles off the side of the ship.
8./ Never purchase souvenirs made from the tusks of sea wolves or turtle shell. The best way to stop this illicit traffic is not to buy these articles. If someone offers to sell you this type of souvenir , you should immediately inform the National Park Office.
9./ Request information directly from the National Park Office ( E-Mail = firstname.lastname@example.org) regarding any type of travel to Galapagos . Se will give you any sort of information you need regarding the specific area you plan to visit.
10./ Set a good example by being a conscious conservationist. Explain the rules to other and encourage them to show respect.