Chile Proposes Unprecedented High Seas Protections in the Pacific

Chile Proposes Unprecedented High Seas Protections in the Pacific

Chile has been making significant headway in ocean protections, establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) in 43% of its national waters. Now, the country is making waves with an ambitious new proposal to establish an MPA that would stretch over 2,900 kilometers wide in international waters, or the high seas, in the southeastern Pacific. 

Why This Matters: About 60% of our oceans lie outside of any one nation’s control and are colloquially referred to as the “high seas.” These waters contain vast ecosystems rich in biodiversity, but only one percent has been officially protected. 

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Illegal Fishing In Chilean Waters Just Got Harder – And You Can Help Catch The Bad Guys

Illegal Fishing In Chilean Waters Just Got Harder – And You Can Help Catch The Bad Guys

Two weeks ago the government of Chile joined Panama, Peru, and Indonesia by making its vessel tracking data publicly available through Global Fishing Watch (GFW), which pinpoints on the above map (click on the map above) in real-time the movements of commercial fishing* vessels in Chile’s coastal ocean. 

Why This Matters:  Chile is a fishing powerhouse, and by joining the other nations that have made their similar data public, Chile is adding momentum to the movement towards greater transparency in fishing activity, which is the key to improving fisheries management and sustainability in the Pacific, and all eventually everywhere.

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Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

Pristine Patagonia Oiled in Major Spill

At the southernmost tip of South America, ten thousand gallons of diesel fuel spilled into the sea off the coast of Chile’s Patagonia, in one of the most pristine areas of the world.

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One Cool Thing: Panama’s Transparent Vessels

One Cool Thing: Panama’s Transparent Vessels

Last week, Panama became the latest country to formally agree to make its national vessel tracking data publicly available through the Global Fishing Watch (GFW) map platform, joining Chile, Peru (whose vessel data is seen above), and Indonesia, which have already agreed to do this. 

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One Amazing Thing:  A New Species of Killer Whale

One Amazing Thing: A New Species of Killer Whale

A “new” species of killer whale was discovered in January off the southern coast of Chile by marine mammal scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). 

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