Marine MPA
Punta Tombo Marina
Marine Protected Area

Cover Photo © Darío Podesta


The creation of the Punta Tombo Marine Protected Area made it possible to conserve a large key marine-coastal sector as a transit and feeding area for the Magellanic penguin, whose largest colony of approximately 200,000 pairs is located in the Punta Tombo Natural Protected Area. This colony shows a marked decrease in the number of breeding pairs and scientific studies provided evidence that one of the main causes would be the decrease of food in the marine areas near the colony during the most critical stage of the reproductive cycle of the species. This led to the creation of the Marine Protected Area, whose integrated management with the Natural Protected Area contributes to the conservation of the coastal breeding area and the marine-coastal transit and feeding environment of the Magellanic penguin. The protected area also benefits a large number of coastal and marine bird species and marine mammals that feed in the area. This Marine Protected Area is located within the ¨Patagonia Azul¨ Biosphere Reserve, approved in 2015 during the 27th Session of the International Coordinating Council of UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Program (MAB).

Geographic Location




-44.04° Latitude S

-65.20° Longitude W

Size and Limits

Total Area:


Marine Area:


Continental Area:


Area estimated based on the calculation of the area of the polygon represented on the map (ArcGIS PRO) with an Albers Equivalent Conic projection to preserve area calculations.

Legal Aspects



Year of Creation


Creation Legislation

Law XI – N° 65

International Recognition

It is part of the Patagonia Azul Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO).

Eco-regions represented


Magellanic Province
Ecoregion of North Patagonian Gulfs


Conservation Objectives

  • Conservation of an area of great environmental sensibility and importance for protection and sustainable management of marine biodiversity;
  • Protect feeding and transit areas of Punta Tombo and Punta Clara for Magellanic penguins, in order to improve food availability at critical stages of their reproductive cycle;
  • Support key stages of species of commercial interest and marine fauna in the area;
  • Promote sustainable, environmental and economic management of marine and associated terrestrial ecosystems;
  • Facilitate scientific research aimed at applying an ecosystem approach to mitigate effects of global climate change;
  • Share knowledge and value of the area to promote the attributes that justify its creation;
  • Strengthen and increase the representative Protected Areas within the framework of the Provincial System of Nature Areas (SPANP) created by Law XI N°18.”

Colonies and stopover sites

The following table presents the colonies or stopover sites of some emblematic species of birds and marine mammals present within the MPA boundaries.


Management effectiveness and evaluation year

Not evaluated

Sources consulted: Law of Creation XI – No. 65 (2016).
Bird and marine mammal colonies: See Bibliography