WWF has been working at a global scale for cetacean conservation and has promoted the creation of marine sanctuaries worldwide.
WWF urges the Spanish government to create a marine sanctuary for whales based on their 2011 proposal of a Marine Protected Area in this place – an area where military operations are totally banned as well as the use of low intensity sonars; an area where marine traffic is regulated to reduce the risk of collision and noise pollution; and, of course, a marine area free of oil and gas drilling.
The Oil company Repsol has just abandoned its exporation plans in the Canary Islands, a marine paradise where more than one third of the planet´s cetaceans have been spotted. The oil project has drawn huge local and international opposition, and now it´s time for the whales: WWF wants a marine sanctuary in the Canary Islands, where cetaceans live forever safe from oil threat.
More than one third of the planet´s cetacean species have been spotted in the marine waters surrounding Lanzarote and Fuerteventura . The outstanding biodiversity and species abundance in this region of the Atlantic Ocean make it one of the most important European marine areas for whales and dolphins. It´s a crucial area for the breeding, feeding, migration and life cycles of these amazing sea mammals, as well as other threatened species, such as turtles, sharks and sea birds.
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.