From February 1st to 28th, Sea Shepherd Chile will hold the 5th version of its National Campaign, Humboldt 2017, that will take place at Punta de Choros town, nearby the wonderful Choros and Damas Islands Marine Reserve.
Located in Coquimbo Region, Chile, the Marine Reserve boasts high biodiversity and has unique characteristics, such as a high rate of endemism, making this precious marine area a very particular environment, where we can find 57% of the world population of the Humboldt Penguin, and the southernmost resident Bottlenose Dolphins pod, among other amazing marine inhabitants.
The Campaign aims to educate visitors to the Marine Reserve about the importance of responsible tourism and respectful encounters with marine creatures. For this task, Sea Shepherd volunteers will work together with the local Fishermen Union and national authorities, such as the Chilean Navy, SAG (Agricultural and Livestock Agency), SERNAPESCA (Fisheries Agency) and CONAF (National Forestry Agency).
The Campaign, this year, will focus on one particular seabird species: the endangered Yunco (Pelecanoides garnotii).
The largest population of Yuncos on the Chilean coast is located on Choros Island, where the number of couples is estimated at only around 3,000. Their numbers might be slowly increasing, but they still face several threats to their survival, including the light pollution. Performing some of their normal activities by night time, young Yuncos are specially affected by the lights of the nearby town, falling on the streets and households, were they are then easy prey for domestic animals, or die due to stress and injuries.