Machalilla National Park

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Location Summary

Machalilla National Park (MNP) is influenced by the meeting of three marine currents: the fresh water flow of the Rio Guayas basin and the currents of Humboldt and Panama (seasonally). This gives rise to a high concentration of marine birds and creates an ideal site for harboring migratory species such as whales, dolphins, mantas, sea lions, and sea turtles. Approximately 1,000 artisanal fishers from surrounding communities engage in extractive activities within the park. In the past few years, there has been a marked decrease in the capture of iconic species, such as pink brotula, lobster, sea cucumbers, and spondylus (currently the fishing season for the spondylus is closed indefinitely). In addition, the beach at Puerto Lopez Beach has the second highest recorded level of shark and manta ray bycatch in the nation.

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