Diving in Galapagos

June 20, 2016

The waters contained within the Galapagos Marine Reserve encompass approximately 140,000 Km2. There are many areas with small submarine volcanoes, which are important feeding zones for marine birds and mammals. The submarine area of Galapagos is of 2.587 square miles.

Diving in Galapagos is quickly expanding; divers seek the experience of spectacular marine life. The Galapagos Marine Reserve Law provides for the following:

The incorporation of the Marine Reserve into the National System of Protected Areas.
The Marine Reserve area is increased from 15 - 40 miles (24-64 km) from the base line.
The Galapagos National Park Service is established as the authority in charge of administration, management and control of the marine reserve, coordinating control with the Fisheries Ministry and the Navy.
Establishing a multi - sector management board consisting of the G.N.P.S and the users of the After final establishment of the boundaries in 1968, 96% of the land area of the archipelago was included in the park.
The Galapagos Islands were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1978 and were internationally recognised as a Biosphere Reserve under the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme in 1984.

In 1986, the Galapagos Marine Resources Reserve (GMRR) was established including all waters within 15 nautical miles of a baseline joining the outermost points of the Galapagos Islands. This was upgraded to a Biological Reserve of Marine Resources in December 1996.

The Galapagos National Park contributes to the development of the insular region in accordance with the characteristics and capacity of the unique Galapagos ecosystems.

The Galapagos National Park contributes to the development of the insular region in accordance with the characteristics and capacity of the unique Galapagos ecosystems. In many occasions, policies and procedures have been defined and ratified in order to support a selective and special development in accordance with the specific conditions of the islands.