Experiential fishing consists of an expedition to traditional fishing areas of Galapagos to demonstrate and practice of artisanal responsible fishing with fishermen of the Galapagos Marine Reserve (GMR).
Galapagos fishermen develop the operation of experiential fishing, as an alternative to their traditional extractive activity, reducing pressure on the marine ecosystems and contributing to the conservation of Galapagos.
It's a unique experience in which you can enjoy the culture, knowledge and traditional gear used by Galapagos fishermen. Leaving early in the morning in a boat fitted for a maximum of 10 guests, a local fisherman will take you in search of the best conditions for the catch of the day.
When you reach the place, you´ll experiment next to the fisherman the use of different traditional fishing gear like a bottom fishing, hand line, troweling.
A maximum of 50 pounds (fish) per day is the allowed capture for each trip and only for the consumption of the visitors. The catch of the day can be enjoyed on board as ceviche or sushi. It also cluld be enjoy during dinner when you reach port as it has been agreed with the operator.
If you catch picudo, marlin or sailfish these must be released alive to the sea.
Please, only fish what you're going to consume, thus avoid wasting natural resources that we all depend on.
To enhance your experience, a Naturalist Guide licensed by the Galapagos National Park Direction will accompany you at all times, interpreting what happens during the visit and translating the knowledge of the fisherman to the visitors.
If you are not use to the sea it´s possible that after the fishing experience you feel tiered or sea sick. To rest, the fisherman will take you to one of the visitor sites of the Galapagos National Park so you can enjoy the quiet an exclusiveness of spectacular beaches and bays full of marine life. The area where you´ll rest will depend on the location, always avoiding long navigations.
At the resting areas or recreational tourism zones keep in mind the following:
• Avoid the introduction of living organism that can disperse and put at risk the ecosystems of the locality, check your shoes, backpack, clothing or other objects that you carry.
• Remember that it´s not allowed eating, drinking or smoking at the resting areas.
• Be especially careful at beaches that show signs of turtle nesting activity; keep a distance of approximately 30 feet from any of these areas. Sea turtles are in danger of extinction, especially by the deterioration of their nesting zones.
Why choose experiential fishing?
Experiential fishing is an activity that stands out for its originality within the wide range of tourist offering in the archipelago.
When choosing it helps:
• Reduce the pressure on fishery resources (lobster, sea cucumber, white fish...).
• Improve the socio-economic status of active fishermen through the diversification of their sources of income.
• Conserve the marine ecosystems of Galapagos.
Be careful when throwing the fishing lines because boobies, pelicans and sea lions tend to go behind the lure. Avoid fish when they are flying or swimming near the boat.
Ensure that fishing materials are biodegradable so if you catch a shark, turtle or ray you can release the hook without damaging them.
The Galapagos National Park Direction has promoted this activity, intended only for local fishermen, achieving also the reduction of the fishing effort over the Galapagos Marine Reserve.