"These three groups of islands stretch from northern Norway to Russia, along the migratory routes of walrus, polar bears and seals. The islands are also rich with seabirds, including most of the global ivory gull population, Atlantic puffins and little auks, which feed off the species carried northward by the North Atlantic Current. Arctic warming will likely bring more southern species into these waters and push Arctic communities out of the area. Tourism, oil development and commercial fishing also threaten the region."
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.