by Carla Andrea Fundarotto
The immense marine protected area of the eastern tropical Pacific will stretch for 500,000 square kilometers, a project that was announced at COP 26 in Glasgow by the governments of Panama, Ecuador, Colombia and Costa Rica.
The aim is to protect the many migratory species that regularly pass through the shared area between the four countries, with a real corridor forbidden to fishing that should arise in correspondence with the migratory route of sea turtles, whales, sharks and rare species that inhabit the Pacific.
Which areas will this immense area involve?
The marine corridor will embrace a very large area that includes the Gorgona National Park and the Malpelo flora and fauna sanctuary, in Colombia; the island of Coco, in Costa Rica; the island of Coiba, in Panama; and the Galápagos archipelago, in Ecuador.
A solution for the protection of protected species in the oceans
The Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor seeks to save endangered marine animals from uncontrolled and overfishing. The hope is to protect 30 percent of the marine species existing on the planet by 2030.
The president of Colombia, Ivan Duque, signed the document that leads to the project during the Conference of the Parties on the climate in Glasgow; of Costa Rica, Carlos Alvarado; from Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso; and of Panama, Laurentino Corrizo.
The declared aim is to protect the stretch of sea shared by the four countries from illegal fishing practices, and thus protect its biodiversity.
To make the measure effective, fishing of any kind will be prohibited and monitoring actions will be activated to combat illegal fishing activities.