- Issue: Spring 2019
The Pacific waters between the Galápagos Islands and the coast of Ecuador attract a host of migratory sea creatures, gather one of the world’s largest known populations of giant manta rays, and act as an essential whale shark breeding ground. To protect these vulnerable sea creatures, WWF, local partners such as Megafauna Marina del Ecuador Foundation, and the government of Ecuador have committed to conserving marine and coastal areas of greatest importance to marine megafauna.
Gigantes del Pacífico supports the management of the recently designated marine reserves—including Bajo Copé and Cantagallo-Machalilla—which cover more than 60 miles of coastline. Instead of prohibiting any kind of human activity within their borders, these protected areas regulate the activities and develop sustainable fishing and tourism practices. This promotes the economic health of the community while protecting the well-being of the ecosystem. The project also supports scientific research to answer the many questions that remain about whale sharks and giant manta rays.