The New Zealand Sub-Antarctic Islands consist of five island groups in the Southern Ocean south-east of New Zealand. The islands have a high level of productivity, biodiversity, wildlife population densities and endemism amount birds, plants, and invertebrates. Along with being a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Sub-Antarctic Islands have been designated as a Hope Spot by Mission Blue. They are particularly notable for the large number and diversity of pelagic seabirds and penguins that nest there. There are 126 bird species in total, including 40 seabirds of which five breed nowhere else in the world. The islands are also a breeding ground for many other species, including the southern right whale and the New Zealand Sea Lion.
In March 2014, this campaign resulted in the designation of three new high seas marine reserves in New Zealand. The new reserves, covering 435,000ha in all, protect ocean territory around Campbell Island, the Antipodes Island and the Bounty Islands.
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.