Extended reserve around the Galapagos Islands

15 January, 2022

Ecuador has extended the marine reserve around the Galapagos Islands to protect sharks, whales, turtles, rays and other species.

The new reserve covers 198,000 square kilometres and extends to the waters of Costa Rica and the Isla del Coco National Park.

Over 2,900 marine species have been reported in the archipelago, which consists of 16 major and several smaller islands, about 1,000 kilometres west of Ecuador.

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