PERU PLEDGES TO CREATE A HUGE NEW MARINE RESERVE… their optimistic quota for marine conservation

An underwater mountain vary

Dorsal de Nasca would be the largest protected space and the primary underwater mountain vary to be protected in Peru, in accordance with Alicia Kuroiwa, director of habitats and endangered species for the worldwide marine conservation NGO Oceana in Peru. Kuroiwa was a part of the group that ready the reserve’s constitutional paperwork.

She drew a parallel between the Dorsal de Nasca and the Andes mountain ranges, saying that each act as highways for the motion of species. There’s a sea lion that solely lives on Easter Island, it by no means reaches the coast of Chile, however does attain Punta Marcona in Peru, as a result of the mountain vary helps to information it to our coasts,” Kuroiwa advised Mongabay Latam.

Southern species similar to southern elephant seals (Mirounga leonina) and emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) have additionally appeared in Punta Marcona, situated about 480 km (300 mi) northwest of the Chilean border. “These animals journey from south to north and once they discover the mountain vary they observe this path,” Kuroiwa mentioned.

The Dorsal de Nasca ridge butts into one other ridge, referred to as Dorsal de Salas y Gómez. Collectively the 2 chains of volcanic underwater mountains prolong for two,900 km (1,570 nmi) off the coasts of Peru and Chile. Fashioned over roughly 30 million years, the mountains attain a depth of 4,000 meters (greater than 13,000 ft).

Yuri Hooker, a biologist on the Marine Biology Laboratory of Cayetano Heredia College in Lima, mentioned research are nonetheless wanted to essentially perceive this marine space delineated by the mountains. “Probably the world might have excessive biodiversity, however the fact is that not a lot is thought about this place,” Hooker mentioned.

La ballena jorobada es una de las especies vulnerables del mar peruano. Foto: Gudkov Andrey / Shutterstock.

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