With over 83,850 kilometers of coastline, and a number of offshore islands, Chile’s marine territory is vast. The Chilean fjords contain diverse benthic ecosystems of corals and other invertebrates, and the waters support krill and other small fish that serve as prey for whales, dolphins, and seals. Chile also governs a number of small islands territories, including the Juan Fernandez Islands and Easter Island. Easter Island is also included in the Pew Global Ocean Legacy initiative. These islands are inhabited by southern fur seals and serve as breeding grounds for the Magellanic penguin. This important ecosystem faces threats from aquaculture, commercial fishing, and pollution. The Chilean Fjords and Islands have been designated as a Hope Spot by Mission Blue and the international marine conservation organization Oceana is working to create a marine protected area in Tortel, Patagonia, which features several fjords with high biodiversity.
Marine Conservation Institute and the Waitt Foundation provide this
interactive tool to help users visualize the locations and coverage of global
marine protected areas (MPA). This atlas provides information on over 8000 MPAs
globally, drawing on datasets from the
World Database on Protected Areas1,
US MPA Center2,
and other country- and regional-level data authorities, as well as research
conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
In addition to MPA boundaries and site management information, this dataset
contains information on conservation measures with a particular focus on those
restricting the exploitation of marine life.
Features on this site are designed to allow users to understand (1) where current
protection exists and at what level, and (2), where important areas for future protection
are and any processes underway to establish MPAs. This provides vital information to
countries and their citizens interested in ocean conservation, management and stewardship.
The dataset is constantly being updated and we welcome visitors to the site to provide
feedback and update content by creating a member account on MPAtlas today.