Reserva Marina de Galápagos

The Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the most biologically diverse MPAs, with more than 2,900 marine species.


Blue Park Facts


Award Year: 


Galapagos National Park Service


138,000 km²

Other Awards & Designations:
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar), Important Bird Area

The marine environment of the Galapagos Marine Reserve is made up of coral reefs, underwater cliffs, lagoons and wetlands. These ecosystems provide habitats to over 2,900 marine species that have been identified in the Galapagos Marine Reserve, including whales, dolphins, cormorants, sea lions, fur seals, penguins, marine iguanas, sea turtles, tropical fish, sharks and rays. The Galapagos Marine Reserve accounts for the world's largest biomass of reef fish, the majority of which is made up of sharks including scalloped hammerhead, blacktip and mako sharks.

The Galapagos Marine Reserve is situated at the intersection of three major currents: the Panama current, the Humboldt current, and upwelling equatorial current, all of which contribute to the  massive amount of biodiversity of the region.  

The Galapagos Marine Reserve was officially established in 1998, by the Organic Law of the Special Regime for the Conservation and Sustainable Development of Galápagos. In 2001, it was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  

Blue Parks is a Marine Conservation Institute initiative working to build a global network of effective marine protected areas to save ocean wildlife. 

All photos courtesy of Parque Nacional Galápagos