Oceanic scientific expedition begins in southwestern Barahona; new marine sanctuary proposed

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A marine expedition is underway in February 2024 to compile data for the declaration of the Orlando Jorge Mera Marine Sanctuary in southwestern Barahona in the Beata underwater mountain range area.

The Beata mountain range is a chain of mountains and plains submerged in the Caribbean Sea, which is home to numerous species along 450 kilometers, extending between the peninsulas of La Guajira, in Colombia, and the Dominican Republic.

Deputy Minister of Environment Jonathan Delance explains that the declaration of the protected area would make the Dominican Republic the country with the highest proportion of protected area in deep ocean waters in the Greater Antilles.

At a time when cruise ships are discovering the southwestern coastline, the Ministry of Environment is stepping up conservation efforts. “We would have a great responsibility in the...

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