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Juan Fernandez: Overview

juan fernandez reefOceana has completed several expeditions to Chile’s Juan Fernández Archipelago, which is most known for having been the home to the sailor Alexander Selkirk for four years, which may have inspired the novel Robinson Crusoe. Oceana’s ultimate goal is to ban bottom trawling in the region’s vulnerable marine ecosystems.

The expedition crew recorded underwater videos and photographs of the area’s exceptional biodiversity. Additionally, they established contacts with the local communities and authorities on Robinson Crusoe Island. They have expressed support for Oceana’s initiative to close the seamounts that surround the island to industrial bottom trawling.

The fishermen of Juan Fernandez have witnessed the decline of their fishing stocks and destruction by the trawling fleet that operates at only five miles offshore.

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