The purchase and destruction of mangrove forests for aquaculture exploitation has been declared illegal by the President of the Constitutional Tribunal (CT) of Ecuador.(1) Greenpeace and the communities fighting against shrimp farming have demanded that the Ecuadorean Government impose a moratorium on shrimp farm expansion, shut down all of the illegal shrimp farms, and impose heavy fines on the illegal operators to pay for restoration of the mangrove ecosystems that they destroyed.