Ecuador said on Friday it rejects a U.S. experimental project to eliminate carbon dioxide from Galapagos Island's ocean waters.
The U.S. Planktos Inc. company, which is headquartered in California, proposed the experimental project to disseminate 80 tons of iron particles350 miles (560 km) west of Galapagos Islands' coasts, Ecuador's Foreign Ministry said in a communique on Friday.
The project seeks to eliminate carbon dioxide in ocean waters near Ecuador's Galapagos Islands located some 1,000 km from the continent and sell it in the global carbon-credit market, included in the Kyoto Protocol.
Planktos Inc.'s proposal has alarmed the international scientific community and non-governmental organizations due to the negative impacts this experiment may cause in the food chain, the communique added.
Ecuador's Foreign Ministry said it would begin to take actions before international organizations to fight against this project due to its adverse consequences on the ocean's ecosystem.