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Chile proposes new high-seas MPA on seamounts in Eastern Pacific

With more than 41% of its waters already covered by marine protected areas (MPAs), Chile has proposed creating a high seas MPA on the Salas and Gomez and the Nazca ridges – two underwater mountain chains that stretch 2,900 kilometres across the south-eastern Pacific and share some of the ocean’s greatest biodiversity.

The idea was introduced by President Sebastián Piñera at the virtual climate summit held by US President Joe Biden in April. Piñera said “it’s not enough” to protect only national waters (known as Exclusive Economic Zones), especially considering the global call to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030.

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