Easter Island, a territory of Chile, is located in the southeast Pacific 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. Highly migratory fish species as well as seamounts ranging from 8.4 million to 13.1 million years old are found here. Pew is working with Easter Island’s indigenous Rapa Nui community and the Chilean government to create a large, fully protected marine reserve in these ecologically important waters. If designated, the reserve would be one of the largest of its kind in the world, safeguarding the island’s unique ocean environment and traditional Rapa Nui fishing practices.
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The ocean covers nearly three-fourths of the globe and is home to nearly half of the world’s known species—with countless yet to be discovered. It helps support more than 250 million people who depend directly or indirectly on fishing for their livelihoods. Still, human activities increasingly threaten its health. Although 72 percent of the world is covered by the ocean, less than 2 percent of... Read More
The monumental sculpted heads of Chile's Easter Island have stood sentinel over this natural wonder, known as Rapa Nui in local Polynesian language, for centuries. But the islanders' connection to their bountiful home waters stretches even farther back in history than the statues—as residents make clear in their own voices in this mini-documentary. Read More
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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.