This area of approximately 200 km of coastline spans from Rooi Els to Quoin Point, South Africa, and includes offshore islands. The region boasts a unique combination of rich biodiversity, spectacular scenery and cultural heritage. Mountains meet the sea through an intricate patchwork of estuaries, beaches and bays. Offshore, two major ocean currents merge as temperate south coast currents meet cold west coast upwellings. These nutrient-rich waters host the African penguin, great white shark, Cape fur seal, whales (humpback, Southern right and Bryde's) and dolphins (common, bottlenose and humpback) in addition to many endemic bird species.
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.