The new Hermandad Marine Reserve expands the current Galápagos Marine Reserve by almost 50 percent and extends northwest to the Costa Rican maritime border. This swath of ocean will safeguard a migratory corridor known as the Cocos-Galápagos Swimway, which is used by sea turtles, sharks, whales, rays, and many other marine species.
Following the ceremony, Sven Lindblad said, “This is a really valuable and important step for marine protection… And hopefully these extensions will only get larger and larger over time. It's been a tremendous joy. People have come from all over the world to celebrate what Galápagos has done.”