The Caspian Sea is a textbook case of the ‘tragedy of the commons’ with its endemic species of sturgeon, seals and salmon in danger of extinction as a result of over-exploitation and pollution, exacerbated by disputes over the boundaries of territorial waters between the five littoral states.
BLUE has embarked on a project to save six significant marine species on the brink of extinction in the wild in Azerbaijan including Beluga sturgeon and Caspian salmon. In so doing, we aim to restore essential ecosystems in the Caspian and promote alternative livelihoods through tourism and sturgeon aquaculture, an industry with huge economic potential.
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.