Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas, Las Cruces - Chile

Basic Information
Site Name
Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas, Las Cruces
Short name
ECIM
Country
Chile
Site Manager
Keywords
coastal oceanography
conservation
fisheries
marine protected area
rocky shore
sustainable management
Site Description
The site is a wave-exposed rocky shore typical of central-northern Chile. The coastal border (including littoral zone and intertidal shore) as well as the shallow subtidal habitat (down to about 25-30m deep) has been protected from human intervention since 1982. In 2005 the marine area was declared Area Marina Costera Protegida (AMCP) de Chile (Marine Protected Area). Adjacent to the marine reserve there is a marine laboratory, Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas of P. Universidad Católica de Chile.
Metadata Update Date
2019-07-02 16:10:44
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
existing
Year Established
1982
Purpose
Scientific Study, conservation of marine biodiversity, sustainability of exploited species, education
History
Land acquired by PUC in 1982 to construct marine lab and requested concession of coastal border and sea bottom to study effects of humans on marine communities. Founder of lab, Prof. Juan Carlos Castilla, led these efforts and was awarded several international awards for his work on this reserve, including also the 2010 Chilean National Award of Sciences.
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 ECIM rocky shore
ECIM Facilities
ECIM coastal border
ECIM Facilities
Geographic
Size
3.00ha
Elevation (average)
30.00msl
Elevation (min)
-30.00msl
Elevation (max)
45.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
LTSER Chile (LTER_SAM_CL_8)The affiliation of this site with "LTSER Chile" is not verified.
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