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February 17, 2020

2019 Ocean Awards. For the Diego Ramirez-Drake Passage Marine Park

Judges' Special Award: Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, University of North Texas, USA, and Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity, Universidad de Magallanes, Chile, Joint winner - For the Diego Ramirez-Drake Passage Marine Park. The team led by Dr. Ricardo Rozzi succeeded in creating the Diego Ramirez-Drake Passage Marine Park in 2018. The 25th marine protected area in Chile, the seventh in Patagonia and the largest such park in South America, it extends over 144,390 square kilometres and a stretch of ocean with a rich biodiversity of its own. In terms of flora, it is the location of important forests of microalgae and kelp, as well as sea sponges and fossilised coral, but it also contains two significant undersea phenomena: the Sars seamount, which rises nearly 4,000 metres from the seabed almost to the surface of the water, making it among the largest underwater mountains in the South Pacific, and a submerged continental escarpment that drops dramatically into the Drake Passage, itself an important migration route for marine mammals such as humpback whales, dolphins and sea lions.