The Abrolhos Seascape, located off Brazil’s central coast, is a biodiversity hotspot that contains the largest concentration of coral reefs in the South Atlantic, along with mangrove estuaries and other important coastal habitats. Currently there are four federal marine protected areas in this region: the Abrolhos National Marine Park, a no-take area covering 882.5 km², and three extractive marine reserves totaling 2,900 km² that were developed through collaboration between the Abrolhos Community and the international conservation organization Conservation International and the Waitt Foundation. While Cassurubá, the newest of these three extractive marine reserves, was created in 2009, Conservation International has conducted new marine habitat surveys and has developed a proposal to expand the MPA network in the Abrolhos Seascape by expanding the Abrolhos National Marine Park by 10,000 km² and creating two new marine protected areas: a 10,000 km² multiple-use Humpback Whale Wildlife Refuge, and a 71,000 km² multiple-use Abrolhos Environmental Protected Area. The Abrolhos Bank was declared a Hope Spot by Mission Blue in 2013, as the region is home to many commercially valuable species of reef fish, including several threatened species. It is also a breeding ground for humpback and southern right whales in the South Atlantic Ocean.
Marine Conservation Institute and the Waitt Foundation provide this
interactive tool to help users visualize the locations and coverage of global
marine protected areas (MPA). This atlas provides information on over 8000 MPAs
globally, drawing on datasets from the
World Database on Protected Areas1,
US MPA Center2,
and other country- and regional-level data authorities, as well as research
conducted by the Marine Conservation Institute.
In addition to MPA boundaries and site management information, this dataset
contains information on conservation measures with a particular focus on those
restricting the exploitation of marine life.
Features on this site are designed to allow users to understand (1) where current
protection exists and at what level, and (2), where important areas for future protection
are and any processes underway to establish MPAs. This provides vital information to
countries and their citizens interested in ocean conservation, management and stewardship.
The dataset is constantly being updated and we welcome visitors to the site to provide
feedback and update content by creating a member account on MPAtlas today.