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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The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Bertarelli Foundation applaud today’s action by the Chilean government to create one of the world’s largest fully protected marine parks in the waters surrounding Easter Island, a Chilean territory in the South Pacific Ocean. The park was announced by Chile’s president, Michelle Bachelet. Read More
Sylvia Earle, one of the world’s most prominent oceanographers, traveled to Easter Island and Santiago, Chile, this summer to talk with local leaders and government officials about designating a fully protected marine park in the island’s waters, as proposed by the indigenous Rapa Nui people. Read More
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