One of world’s largest marine parks created off coast of Easter Island

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Rapa Nui protection area, about the same size as the Chilean mainland, will protect up to 142 species, including 27 threatened with extinction.

By Arthur Neslen

One of the world’s largest marine protection areas has been created off the coast of Easter Island.

The 740,000 sq km Rapa Nui marine park is roughly the size of the Chilean mainland and will protect at least 142 endemic marine species, including 27 threatened with extinction.

An astonishing 77% of the Pacific Ocean’s fish abundance occurs here and recent expeditions discovered several new species previously unknown to science.

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