Nineteen Marine Biodiversity Hotspots in the Southern Ocean

This Google Earth map shows areas to be included in a representative system of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Southern Ocean (pdf version)

In order to confer the necessary protection to the wide variety of endemic marine life and unique ecosystems of the Southern Ocean, any future marine reserve and marine protected area (MPA) system must be circumpolar, across the whole Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) area and be of ambitious scale to be effective. This map provides an indication of the areas that have been identified by the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) as priorities on the basis of the best current scientific information. The AOA looks forward to working with CCAMLR Member countries to develop and implement a MR/MPA system that will provide a true legacy for future generations.


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