Sharks will soon have their own ‘superhighway’ in the Pacific Ocean

Plans to produce a 500,000 sq km marine reserve in the South Pacific could help whale sharks, turtles and other threatened types to recover

Main image: A whale shark. Credit: Dorothea Oldani.

The Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor (CMAR) is a joint preservation initiative in between 4 Latin American nations: Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. Unveiled at COP26 last week, it will see the countries increase the size and sign up with of their safeguarded territorial waters, supplying a 500,000 sq km sanctuary for species that have been hammered by overfishing..

Galapagos Conservancy, a non-profit environmental organisation, explained the move as “a historic moment for Galapagos and a major victory for international marine conservation”.

A huge marine reserve is to be developed in the Pacific Ocean, offering a secured superhighway for whale sharks, leatherback turtles and other threatened marine life..

Half of the expanded Galapagos reserve will prohibit all fishing activity, while the other half will permit longline fishing just. The Ecuadorian president Guillermo Lasso stated that he didnt anticipate any resistance from his nations fishing industry. “The proposal that Im bringing here is an outcome of 5 months of negotiations with … the fishing market and other sectors,” he said at a press conference. “We made them understand the importance of this marine reserve.”.

” Although conservation work is never ever done, today we can commemorate a major triumph for Galapagos and for our world,” the organisation included.

The CMAR includes an area that is abundant in marine life and is popular with commercial fishing fleets, including shark-finning vessels, numerous from China. Galapagos Conservancy said it thought the protected zone, if correctly policed, might allow sharks to “begin to rebound”..

Lasso has not yet signed the decree for the facility of the reserve, however he expected to do so imminently.

Half of the broadened Galapagos reserve will prohibit all fishing activity, while the other half will permit longline fishing just. Fishing will be restricted in the rest of the CMAR. The challenge, as ever, will be imposing the steps..

The Ecuadorian president Guillermo Lasso said that he didnt prepare for any resistance from his countrys fishing industry. “The proposal that Im bringing here is a result of five months of settlements with … the fishing industry and other sectors,” he stated at a press conference. “We made them understand the significance of this marine reserve.”.

The plan involves increasing the size of the Galapagos Marine Reserve– a crucible of life where Charles Darwin established his theory of development– by 45 per cent. The growth will incorporate Cocos Ridge, an undersea range of mountains that is an essential migration route for types such as scalloped hammerhead sharks..

The proposed secured area incorporates an important migration route for marine types. Image: Cedric Frixon.

About the author