Latin America Weekly

🐢 Marine life, border scuffles, and minimum wage woes

Hello, and welcome back to the Latin America Weekly newsletter. In this issue: A new marine reserve in the Galapagos. Tensions on the Venezuela-Colombia border. Latin America unlikely to reap the benefits of higher minimum wages.

Ecuador creates conservation reserve in the Galapagos

Not only do the Galápagos sit at the intersection of three ocean currents, they are also in the cross hairs of El Niño, a climate phenomenon that can have wide-ranging effects on weather around the world. Photo: Luiz Felipe V. Puntel/Shutterstock
Not only do the Galápagos sit at the intersection of three ocean currents, they are also in the cross hairs of El Niño, a climate phenomenon that can have wide-ranging effects on weather around the world. Photo: Luiz Felipe V. Puntel/Shutterstock

Marine biologists had a reason to celebrate over the weekend, after Ecuador created the brand-new Hermandad Marine Reserve between the Galapagos Islands and the isle of Cocos, owned by Costa Rica. 

  • The reserve bans fishing in a 30,000-square kilometer patch of the Pacific Ocean, while longline fishing is prohibited in another area of the same size,...

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