Francisco Coloane- Isla Carlos III
Marine Park (Parque Marino)
In 2003, The Francisco Coloane multiple-use MPA was the first created under the GEF project Conserving Globally Significant Biodiversity along the Chilean Coast. The largest in continental Chile, the Marine and Coastal Protected Area of Multiple Use spans 670 km2. Isla Carlos III is a Marine Park (15 km2) that serves as the no-take component of the MPA. Government agencies that are currently involved in the MPA management include the Navy, SERNAPESCA, MMA, and Ministerio Bien Nacionales; however, active on-the ground management is weak and minimal because of a lack of capacity and resources in the region.101 Fishing occurs in and around the MPA. Tourism, based out of Punta Arenas, is established. There are currently less than ten ecotourism operators, with only two that have well-developed, active programs.