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Global Ocean Legacy

Easter Island

Easter Island, a territory of Chile, is located in the southeastern Pacific Ocean, about 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) west of the Chilean mainland. Though still largely unexplored, Easter Island’s waters are known to contain geological hot spots and areas of rare biodiversity. The region is home to highly migratory fish species and features seamounts ranging from 8.4 million to 13.1 million years old.

Pew, supported by the Bertarelli Foundation, has worked with the indigenous Rapa Nui community since 2012 to identify the best ways to protect the island’s waters. In October 2015, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced the government’s intention to move forward with the Rapa Nui proposal to create one of the world’s largest marine parks around Easter Island. The park will help safeguard the island’s unique ocean environment and traditional Rapa Nui fishing practices.

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Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy

Pew and the Bertarelli Foundation have joined forces in a new partnership with the goal of increasing the number of fully protected parks in the sea from nine to 15 by 2022.

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Where We Work

Global Ocean Legacy works with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments.

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