BLUE supported a habitat-mapping project around the islands of Gyaros, Syros and Andros in the Cyclades, which was successfully implemented in 2015. The work carried out has rendered these sites the best mapped areas in the country, in terms of underwater habitats, and justified the management of habitats outside the radius of three nautical miles around the island of Gyaros which was the initial scope of the marine reserve. Mapping important habitats protected by EU law is now likely to be a technique used to propose other marine reserves throughout Greece, and in our Aeolian project.
This work, carried out by WWF Greece and enabled by BLUE, will provide the basis for management plan for the whole area surrounding Gyaros Island. It is hoped clear information on what lies underwater will help the local professional fishermen to embrace the Cyclades project by highlighting the need to conserve these valuable habitats, thus contributing, in the long-run, to the protection of local fish-stocks.
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.