"Jakobshavn Glacier calves more icebergs than any other in the northern hemisphere. As they melt, they form a pool of freshwater at the ocean surface where phytoplankton, microscopic marine plants, thrive and feed ocean animals. Nearly 500,000 king eider from across Arctic Canada gather at Store Hellefiskebanke to overwinter and breed and 1,500 bowhead whales gather in Disko Bay each spring. Climate change is already altering the temperature, salinity and nutrients available in Disko Bay, and the risk of trawl fishing continues to grow as the sea ice shrinks."
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.