Anglo Chilean Society

chile-1740834-1Inhabitants of famous Easter Island vote in favour of vast marine protection zone in effort to preserve seas.

Indigenous residents of Chile's famed Easter Island have voted to create the largest marine protection zone in Latin America.

Marcelo Mena, Chile's environmental minister, announced the new 720,000sq km protection area for waters surrounding the island following a poll of the islands native Rapa Nui inhabitants on Sunday.

"This consultation was intended to respect the will of the Rapa Nui people, regarding creating a marine protected area that respects the ancestral use of the sea and its fishing habits," he said.

"It is also part of the government's commitment to consolidate a collaborative and respectful way of working in the communities of our country."

Seas surrounding Easter Island, which is situated about 3,500km west of the Chilean coast, are a key breeding area for a number of species including tuna, shark, marlin and swordfish.

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