INTERNATIONAL NETWORK OF CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANIZATIONS FOR THE PRESERVATION OF THE SOUTHERN CONE SEAS

In the waters of the Patagonian Sea various pollutants are detected, such as hydrocarbons, heavy metals, persistent toxic substances (PCB and others), effluent discharges that cause eutrophication and urban solid waste. Petroleum-derived hydrocarbons affect coastal and marine areas, and may originate both in spills from the oil industry and in small chronic discharges associated with commercial shipping practices. The presence of heavy metals is mainly confined to the ports. Persistent toxic substances are found in highly industrialized coastal areas, like the Greater Buenos Aires. Urban effluents and discharges coming from farming areas provide organic waste and residues rich in phosphates and nitrates. Sewage discharges promote eutrophication in coastal waters and are also associated with human diseases caused by pathogenic microorganisms. Among all kinds of solid waste from urban and industrial sources, plastic is the most worrying part, because it can persist in the sea for years and can potentially affect a variety of animal species.


The Working Group "Clean Patagonian Sea" of our Forum gathered information on the main pollution threats affecting key areas of the Patagonian Sea in order to identify priorities and opportunities for promoting mitigation activities in cooperation with relevant stakeholders.

Magellanic penguins breeding near shipping routes of oil tankers. © V. Ruoppolo

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Gestores de Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Cono Sur se reúnen para avanz…

Gestores de Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Cono Sur se reúnen para avanzar en conservación

Entre ballenas y pingüinos de Puerto Madryn, en Argentina, se desarrolló la primera etapa presencial del Primer Curso de Gestores de Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Cono Sur. La instancia, liderada por instituciones de gobierno y organizaciones no gubernamentales de Argentina, Uruguay y Chile, busca fortalecer capacidades para la gestión efectiva de áreas marinas y costeras protegidas (AMP).  

IMPAC 4 ends with a Call for Action for the Oceans by Chile

IMPAC 4 ends with a Call for Action for the Oceans by Chile

A call that seeks to unite all the nations of the world around the moto “Bringing People and the Oceans together”, ends the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 4). The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence added its voice through 5 proposals presented during the world’s largest ocean conservation meeting.

El Foro en el Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Protegidas

El Foro en el Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Protegidas

La 4ta edición del Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Protegidas (International Marine Protected Areas Congress o IMPAC4), se celebrará en Chile del 4 al 9 de septiembre, y el Foro para la Conservación del Mar Patagónico y Áreas de Influencia estará presente a través de una serie de propuestas.  

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Clean Patagonian Sea

In the waters of the Patagonian Sea various pollutants are detected, such as hydrocarbons, heavy metals, persistent toxic substances (PCB and others), effluent discharges that cause eutrophication and urban solid waste. Petroleum-derived hydrocarbons affect coastal and...

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The Forum has identified 22 marine areas of high ecological importance (Forum Lighthouses) on the basis of: concentrations of biodiversity; provision of key habitat for endemic or threatened species; contributions to ecosystem function and services; and economic, social, and cultural value to human ...

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The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence, with the support of Oceans5, works to ensure an effectively managed system of regional marine protected areas in Argentina and Chile.

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Gestores de Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Cono Sur se reúnen …

Entre ballenas y pingüinos de Puerto Madryn, en Argentina, se desarrolló la primera etapa presencial del Primer Curso de Gestores de Áreas Marinas Protegidas del Cono Sur. La instancia, liderada por instituciones de gobierno y organizaciones no gubernamentales de Argentina, Uruguay y Chile, busca fortalecer capacidades para la gestión efectiva de áreas marinas y costeras protegidas (AMP).  

IMPAC 4 ends with a Call for Action for the Oceans by Chile

A call that seeks to unite all the nations of the world around the moto “Bringing People and the Oceans together”, ends the 4th International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC 4). The Forum for the Conservation of the Patagonian Sea and Areas of Influence added its voice through 5 proposals presented during the world’s largest ocean conservation meeting.

El Foro en el Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Proteg…

La 4ta edición del Congreso internacional de Áreas Marinas Protegidas (International Marine Protected Areas Congress o IMPAC4), se celebrará en Chile del 4 al 9 de septiembre, y el Foro para la Conservación del Mar Patagónico y Áreas de Influencia estará presente a través de una serie de propuestas.  

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