Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas, Las Cruces - Chile
Estación Costera de Investigaciones Marinas, Las Cruces
marine protected area
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.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Scientific Study, conservation of marine biodiversity, sustainability of exploited species, education
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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