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This oceanic front, west of the Ladrillero channel and the Wellington, Esmeralda, Covadonga and Stosh islands, comprises a shelf and shelf-break area where undersea canyons start in the seabed. It is important as a spawning ground for the southern blue whiting and also owing to the presence of hydrocorals and cold water corals and to the significant concentration of South American sea lions and fur seals on its shores.


Conservation Status



Chilean Territorial Sea, Chilean Antarctic and Magellan Region (Región de Magallanes y Ant‡rtica de Chile), Province of última Esperanza, comuna of Puerto Natales.

Biogeographical Region

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


4.030 km2

Types of Habitats

Heterogeneous coastal environment exposed to oceanic effects, with channels, fjords and intertidal brown algae belts. Nerithic and oceanic pelagic environment.

Wealth of species

There is no description of the area's biodiversity. Two pinniped species and 2 penguin species breed here.

Main Uses

Artisanal and industrial fishing. Navigation. Tourism. Aquaculture.


Potential development of aquaculture in the area. Risk of contamination from oil spills due to the proximity of navigation routes.

Management - Main Government Bodies

Ministerio del Medio Ambiente, Ministerio de Bienes Nacionales, Dirección General del Territorio Marítimo y de Marina Mercante (DIRECTEMAR), Subsecretaría de Pesca (SUBPESCA), Servicio Nacional de Pesca (SERNAPESCA), Corporación Nacional Forestal (CONAF), Municipalidad de Puerto Natales, Gobernación de Ultima Esperanza y Capitanía de Puerto (Puerto Edén).

Level of Protection

No marine protected areas in this sector.


South American Sea-lion © Sergio Cornejo

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