Easter Island, a special 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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Seven female artists from Easter Island—or Rapa Nui, as the island, its indigenous people, and their language are known—showcased traditional artwork at a reception Sept. 4, 2014, at the Chilean Embassy in Washington, D.C. Read More
There is a growing community effort on Easter Island to determine how best to protect the unique and largely unexplored sea surrounding it. Read More