Parque Marino Sala y Gómez is a Marine Protected Area, encompassing a total surface area of 150.000 km2 around Sala y Gómez Island.
In October 2010, President Sebastián Piñera announced the creation of the Parque Marino Sala y Gómez, which increased Chile’s protected waters from 0.03% to 4.41%
This declaration follows the efforts of Oceana and National Geographic to both study and highlight the ecological value of this area, and to encourage its protection. These organizations are planning additional expeditions to the area in order to draft a conservation plan, and to propose the widening of the protected area to encompass the whole Exclusive Economic Zone around the island.
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