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This island in southern Chile, while exceptional for its geology, paleontology and ethnografic significance, is surrounded by a marine environment with hydrocorals (Hydrozoa: Stylasteridae) and cold water coral reefs. This area also features a high concentration of sea lions and South American fur seals in breeding colonies and places where they rest.


Conservation Status



Chilean Territorial Sea, Chilean Antarctica and Magellan Region (Región de Magallanes y Ant‡rtica Chilena), Province of Última Esperanza, comuna of Puerto Natales.

Biographic Region

Temperate seas of South America. Magellanic Province.
Ecorregion: Channels and Fjords of southern Chile.


190 km2

Types of Habitats

Irregular coastal environments, fjords, channels and coral reefs. Along the open shores: intertidal belts with algae beds. (Durvillea antartica, Lessonia nigrescens y Macrocystis pyrifera).

Wealth of species

Ten marine mammal species; 6 coastal and pelagic seabird species. Great diversity of benthic invertebrates, algae, hydrocoral and cold water coral reefs.

Main Uses

The area has been declared available for tourism and fishing by the Macrozonificación de Borde Costero (Shoreline Macrozoning) initiative. Currently the main activities are: artisanal and commercial fishing, ecotourism and research.


Unregulated tourism. Interaction between fisheries and marine mammals (by-catch, entanglements in fishing gear). Increase in coral extraction for sale as tourist souvenirs.

Management - Main Government Bodies

Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, Ministerio de Bienes Nacionales, Dirección General del Territorio Marítimo y de Marina Mercante (DIRECTEMAR), Subsecretaría de Pesca (SUBPESCA), Servicio Nacional de Pesca (SERNAPESCA), Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF), Municipalidad de Puerto Natales, Gobernación de Última Esperanza y Capitanía de Puerto (Puerto Edén).

Level of Protection

There are no marine protected areas in this sector.

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