31 Mar '18, 7am

CEO Note: Major Oceana victory as Chile announces dramatic expansion of protected areas in its seas

CEO Note: Major Oceana victory as Chile announces dramatic expansion of protected areas in its seas

Chile's Juan Fernández Archipelago is most famous for having been the home to the shipwrecked sailor Alexander Selkirk, the likely real life subject and inspiration for Daniel Defoe's world famous novel Robinson Crusoe. But, as Oceana found, the real reason why the Juan Fernandez islands are a world class destination are their incomparable marine ecosystems. The islands are home to seas full of wildlife found nowhere else on earth. Oceana worked closely with the local communities and small-scale fishers over several years to win protections for the sea while also preserving their own sustainable lobster and fishing efforts. The archipelago lies 600 kilometers west of Valparaíso and consists of three islands: Robinson Crusoe, Santa Clara, and Alejandro Selkirk. Oceana also partnered closely with National Geographic's Pristine Seas project on this closure via joint expeditio...

Full article: http://oceana.org/blog/ceo-note-major-oceana-victory-chil...

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