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Admiralty Sound is a large fjord in the Chilean part of Tierra del Fuego. It is noteworthy for the black browed albatross breeding colony in its inshore waters, which makes it unique in the world. A small breeding group of elephant seals have also been found, unique in Chilean inshore waters.


Conservation Status



Chilean Territorial Sea, Chilean Antarctica and Magellan Region (Región de Magallanes y Antártica Chilena), Province of Tierra del Fuego, Comuna Timaukel.

Biogeographicl Region

Temperate seas of South America. Magellanic Province. Ecoregion: Channels and Fjords of southern Chile.


1.100 km2

Types of Habitats

Coastal environments of fjords and glaciers, bays, channels and islands. Depth of the water in the sound ranges between 50-100 metres.

Wealth of species

15 marine mammal species; 72 waterfowl and seabird species.

Main Uses

Artisanal fishery for invertebrates. Tourism. Scientific research.


Solid waste on the shores from artisanal fisheries and aquaculture. Overfishing of invertebrates. Unregulated tourism.

Management - Main Government Bodies

Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, Autoridades de la Región de Magallanes y Antártica Chilena, CONAF (Alberto De Agostini National Park Administration), Servicio Nacional de Turismo (SERNATUR), Servicio Nacional de Pesca (SERNAPESCA), Armada de Chile.

Level of Protection

The Sound is bordered by two continental parks: the Karukinka Private Park (administrated by the Wildlife Conservation Society) to the north and the Alberto De Agostini National Park on the southern shore.



Aerial view of the Almiralty Sound © Wenborne

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