Uruguay has a great relationship with the ocean and its conservation. Its marine habitats support important fisheries, help to mitigate the impact of climate change, provide raw materials for industry and provide opportunities for recreation.
Off the Atlantic coast of Uruguay, the convergence of a warm ocean current coming from Brazil and a cold current from Malvinas creates one of the most productive aquatic systems in the world - a natural habitat and migratory route for whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, fish and seabirds, including threatened, vulnerable and critically endangered species.
Uruguay’s ocean territory is home to many incredible marine species such as whales, sharks, dolphins, sea turtles, rays, fish, birds and more. The area includes virtually unexplored coral reefs and sea canyons which are an important habitat for hake, anchovies, sharks, shrimp, squid and deep sea lobster.