Tourism pressure rises on Galapagos

The number of tourists to these Pacific islands has been putting more pressure on the natural flora and fauna. Bigger ships with more tourists per trip are one of the major problems. The annual number of tourists to these islands was roughly 40,000 in the 1980s, now it is about 100,000. The local population is also growing at a very high rate. Biologists are seeking a coordinated effort to help preserve the islands and their biodiversity.