Human activities throughout coastal areas of central Chile, such as overfishing and harvest of algae, are producing profound pervasive effects on the biodiversity of these coastal ecosystems. Prolonged adverse human activities can lead to irreversible effects ranging from species extinction or habitat loss, to impairment of the diverse services that these ecosystems provide mankind.
The conservation of marine biodiversity can help directly with the sustainability of the resources we depend upon. The instruments being employed in Chile to preserve biodiversity and reach sustainable management range from marine protected areas (marine parks, marine reserves, marine sanctuaries) to territorial use rights (management areas) and fisheries regulations (quotas, minimum legal size). The challenge we face today is to implement new conservation strategies, based on extensive knowledge and understanding of our productive coastal ecosystems.
Work undertaken by researchers, at the Center for Marine Conservation, aims to provide scientific insights into the complex network of processes that affect the coastal ecosystems of central Chile. These insights can then be used to inform policymakers, stakeholders and society in general, with the goal of creating new viable coastal management strategies and conservation projects.