On Monday, October 6, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced the establishment of the Nazca-Desventuradas Marine Park, which will cover an area The area of 297,518 square kilometers is designated as a comprehensive marine protection area, and fishing and other fishing activities are prohibited in the area. With the establishment of this marine park, Chile’s marine protected area will increase from 4.4% to 12% of its total marine area, and will become the largest marine protected area in the Americas to date.
Sea lions on San Ambrosio Island
In February 2013, Blancpain joined the National Geographic “Original Ocean Expedition” team to explore the waters near the Desventuradas, covering the islands of San Félix and San Ambrosio. Island of San Ambrosio. The expedition is made up of a strong line of scientists and uses cutting-edge technology to explore for the first time one of the last remaining primitive seas in South America.
Underwater cinematographer Manu San Felix hides in the seaweed in San Ambrosio to photograph the fish above his head
“The newly established Nazca-Deswinded Ocean Park is a gift from Chile to the world”, Enric Sala, National Geographic Explorer and Leader of the “Original Ocean Expedition Program” ) Said. ‘The area encompasses pristine marine environments not found in other marine ecosystems, including deep-sea mountains, which contain new species not seen in academia, a rich variety of crayfish, and a small number of Chilean fur sea lions previously thought to be extinct fur seal). ‘
A starfish: on San Ambrosio, starfish is the main predator of sea urchins
Some sea areas in the protected area have been relatively untouched by humans. These pristine seas, such as those near the Deswinded Islands, are the key to the healthy development of the global marine ecosystem. It is hoped that more countries in the world will join the ranks of creating marine protected areas and work together to preserve and restore the diversity of marine life and marine ecology.
A school of big yellow lionfish
Blancpain was the first pioneering partner to support the Primitive Ocean Expedition program. Blancpain’s strong support has promoted the continuous development of the ‘Primitive Ocean Expedition Program’ project, thus making it among the world’s major marine conservation actions. This project, led by National Geographic Explorer Dr. Eric Sarah, aims to explore the rare, unspoiled, pristine and pristine seas on Earth. They will research and photograph these sea areas as one of the measures to help the public and governments recognize the value and uniqueness of these ecosystems and to promote their inclusion in conservation.
A young sea lion dives down a vertical rock wall without algae, where the algae is eaten by sea urchins
With the support of Blancpain, the Primitive Ocean Expedition Program has successfully helped to protect parts of the waters of the United States, the United Kingdom, Chile, Gabon, Kiribati, and Costa Rica, with a total area of more than 2,500,000 square kilometers (approximately sixty Swiss territories ,), Including the UK’s newly established world’s largest maritime arrest zone. These protected areas provide important benchmarks for understanding the true impact of human activities on marine life, assessing the effectiveness of marine management and protection measures, and an important step forward in improving the state of the oceans and benefiting future generations.