Global Ocean Legacy

Easter Island

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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  • Easter Island Environmental Opportunity

    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

  • A Pacific Ocean Legacy Embracing Tradition

    Pacific Island communities remain deeply connected to the ocean and uniquely attuned to the need to protect it. Read More

  • Global Ocean Legacy Map

    Global Ocean Legacy, a project of Pew and its partners, is working with local communities, governments and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of our most important and unspoiled ocean environments. See where we are working in the map below. Read More

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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Media Contact

Andrea Risotto

Officer, Communications

202.540.6510