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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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.