Marine Conservation Institute, recognizing the need for more and better ocean protection, is leading a major initiative to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030. The Global Ocean Refuge System is an innovative strategy to incentivize decision makers to establish protected areas that safeguard marine life and promote opportunities for sustainable tourism. Learn more about the program and our inaugural nominees at globaloceanrefuge.org
The Isla Choros Damas Reserve was created in 2005. The reserve protects the water column, seabed and rocky habitat within one nautical mile off the two islets. The goal of the reserve is identical the Chañaral Reserve above, and diving and other eco-tourism activities are present in and around the islands. Damas Island has sandy beaches, attracting 40,000+ visitors a year. Fishing is banned in the reserve. The reserve protects a suite of marine species, including economically important resources such as loco, key-hole limpets, sea urchins, and algae.