The Scott Islands are five rocky islands off the northwestern tip of Vancouver Island, Canada. Each year between May and October many different populations of migratory seabirds come to breed on the islands from as far as Japan, Chile, Australia and Hawaii. Bird species include endangered Blackfooted Albatrosses and Marbled Murrelets, as well as Thick-billed Murres. The area is also home to Steller sea lions and rockfishes. The islands are a proposed Marine National Wildlife Area. Organizations like the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society have been working to designate the marine area surrounding the Scott Islands as a marine protected area to ensure that the surrounding habitat is fully protected. The Scott Islands were declared a Hope Spot by Mission Blue in 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.