Galapagos Marine Reserve

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Galapagos Marine Reserve


In March 18, 1998 the Galapagos Marine Reserve was created as a "Protected Area", designed to protect the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands and the resources they contain. The waters surrounding the Galapagos are home to 3000 species of marine plants and animals.

Galapagos marine iguanas

The waters contained within the Galapagos Marine Reserve encompass approximately 140,000 Km2. There are many areas with small submarine volcanoes, which are important feeding zones for marine birds and mammals. The submarine area of Galapagos is of 2.587 square miles.

Diving in Galapagos is quickly expanding; divers seek the experience of spectacular marine life.

Galapagos giant tortoise

The Galapagos Marine Reserve Law provides for the following:

* The incorporation of the Marine Reserve into the National System of Protected Areas.

* The Marine Reserve area is increased from 15 - 40 miles (24-64 km) from the base line.

* The Galapagos National Park Service is established as the

authority in charge of administration, management and control of the marine reserve, coordinating control with the Fisheries Ministry and the Navy.

* Establishing a multi - sector management board consisting of the G.N.P.S and the users of the Galapagos Marine Reserve.

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