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Galápagos Station Survives Latest Attack by Fishers

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Science  15 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5499, pp. 2059-2061
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5499.2059

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Researchers at the Darwin Research Station are attempting to put the pieces back together after a festering dispute over fishing quotas turned violent between 13 and 17 November. The fuse that set off the most recent conflagration was an annual 50-ton limit on spiny lobsters that local fishers reached barely halfway into the 4-month season. Unruly bands of fishers laid siege to the station and the park service, blocked roads and offices, tore down the island's telephone antenna, and destroyed research records.