Found below the waters of the South West Indian Ocean, Coral Seamount is one of only two locations known to support cold-water coral gardens and reefs. The seamount forms the foundation of a community that supports a large variety of Antarctic species, and has therefore been recently named a Hope Spot by Mission Blue. At depths ranging from 300 to 1200 meters, the habitat is composed primarily of corals and glass sponges, with squat lobsters and other crustaceans, echinoderms, crinoids, sea stars, fish, sharks, rays, and octopi choosing to make the seamount home. Ocean above the seamount hosts a pelagic community completely different to those found farther north, and breaking the water's surface reveals a community of seabirds, including wandering albatross, white-chinned petrels and others.
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.