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Patagonia: Overview

Patagonia, ChileOceana has embarked on several expeditions to the cold-water fjords of Chilean Patagonia surrounding the community of Tortel. The team gathered information about the species that inhabit the area’s cold-water fjords, with the ultimate goal being to establish a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in the region.

Using an underwater remote-operated vehicle (ROV), the team documented 151 marine species, including diverse corals, crustaceans and sea cucumbers. During each expedition, the team also engaged members of the Tortel community and garnered their support for Oceana’s efforts in the region.

Establishing an MPA in the region would prevent the encroachment of Chile’s salmon aquaculture industry. The industry’s introduction to Patagonia would cause pollution, threaten wild fish populations and negatively affect tourism.

Want more? View photos from the expedition.