"Our Long Island Marine Managed Area (LIMMA) initiative plays a significant role nationally and internationally in the design and development of sustainable Marine Protected Areas (MPAs.) We collaborate locally with the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to help bring the Bahamas’ goal of 20% protection by 2020 to fruition. Having sailed the world’s oceans and now anchored firmly as part of the Bahamas community, the Ocean Crest Alliance has achieved national and international success beyond our expectations in our first two years.
GIS MAP – Garin Davidison UF Conservation Clinic
In today’s world, participatory tools for engaging stakeholders in proposals for locally Managed Marine Areas are designed very differently, depending upon where they are carried out. Ocean CREST Alliance has initiated the development of a proposal for a 215,000 acre Marine Managed Area (MMA) on and around Long Island; one of the “Family Islands” of the Bahamas. This proposal builds on an existing network of marine reserves in the Bahamas, and represents an approach of integrating community based priorities for marine protection and management into a nationally and internationally supported network.
The proposed Long Island Marine Managed Area will represent a range of habitats including blue holes, reefs, wetland complexes and a diverse bank habitat as well as the spawning area for a commercially important species, the Nassau Grouper. The potential designation of the LIMMA would further both Bahamian and international biodiversity conservation goals, increase local population well being and aid in the recovery of depleted fisheries. These continue to be jeopardized by a variety of factors, including exploitation, global climate impacts and pollution (Pomerance et al. 2013.)"
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.