Peru is taking steps toward creating a giant marine reserve around an underwater mountain range. The proposed marine range would increase Peru’s protected marine areas from .48% of its territorial waters to 6.5%, carrying the country closer to its commitment to bring at least 10% of its ocean under some form of protection, the environmental news site Mongabay reported.
Peru’s Minister of Environment, Fabiola Muñoz, pledged to protect Dorsal de Nasca in Lima at the III Congress of Protected Natural Areas of Latin America and the Caribbean, which was held in October. Speaking on behalf of Peru, he publicly designated 19,300 square miles of this underwater mountain range as a protected natural area. Peru plans to establish the protected area 76 nautical miles off the Peruvian coast.