Please include references, links, and documents in the relevant comment boxes, or at the end of the nomination survey, in order to help document biodiversity significance and management of the MPA.
1. Identify the full name of the marine protected area you are nominating for a Global Ocean Refuge award:
List any other names used to refer to this marine protected area:
MPAtlas or World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) ID or URL (if known):
MPA website URL (if available):
2. Please provide us with your contact information. (If you are not the manager of the marine protected area, you will be asked for the manager’s contact information as well.)
Phone Number (including country code):
3. List any NGOs that are involved with the designation, implementation, or management of this MPA.
4. List the marine ecosystems protected in this site and upload or provide links to any maps or spatial data files depicting the ecosystems or relevant bathymetry, geology, oceanography, or species distributions in the protected area.
5.Identify the biodiversity value of the MPA by checking all the descriptions that apply (must have at least one to qualify for a Global Ocean Refuge award).
- Includes area of high species richness or endemism within the context of the biogeographic region
- Includes demonstrated historic or predicted ecological refugia
- Includes rare, unique or representative ecosystems
- Includes area important for threatened species (including those identified by the IUCN Red List or national legislation), keystone species or foundational species – these may be migration pathways and breeding, nursery, feeding or assembly areas biodiversity
- Designated by Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)
- Designated Important Bird Area (IBA)
- Designated Hope Spot
- Designated Specially Protected Area and Wildlife (SPAW) in the Wider Caribbean Region
- Designated Natura 2000 Special Protection Area (SPA) or Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Please provide materials to support your answers above, including:
- Management documents that include site descriptions and/or monitoring results
- Official site descriptions and/or species lists (upload documents or provide working links)
- Journal article citations that provide information regarding habitat, biodiversity, and/or species in the site
6. Is the protected area adequately managed and enforced? Please check all management qualifications that apply to the site (must satisfy all to qualify as a Global Ocean Refuge candidate site or be a Green Listed protected area).
- The MPA is designated by a legitimate and functional government representing the interests of civil society, and the MPA’s implementation meets the IUCN standards for recognizing indigenous peoples’ rights.
- The MPA is designated to enhance the biodiversity value of the site.
- The MPA designation is permanent or is effective for at least 25 years.
- A management plan, updated within the last 15 years, sets measurable conservation targets, identifies and prioritizes significant threats to biodiversity and addresses those threats with planned activities. The resources and capacity to implement the management plan are identified and secured.
- Regular monitoring of habitat and/or wildlife is conducted to measure progress with respect to conservation targets.
* A report of monitoring data is required at each GLORES audit after designation. Any negative biological trends identified through monitoring must be addressed in management plans. Progress toward identifying threats and addressing them must be documented.
- The MPA garners high regulation compliance rate. Evidence of adequate resources and capacity (including budget and staff) for enforcement is required.
- Designated IUCN Green List Protected Area.
7. List any significant threats to ecosystems in the protected area and specific plans to address those threats.
8. What is the average annual budget for managing this protected area? How are these resources secured?
9. How many staff members are appointed to the management of this protected area?
Please provide materials to support your answers above, including:
- Description of the government that designated the site
- The management plan for the protected area (copy link below or upload pdf)
- Evidence of monitoring in the site (copy link to monitoring program or upload a description of monitoring program)
- Evidence of enforcement activity (copy link to enforcement program or upload a description of enforcement program)
- Documentation of IUCN Green List designation (if applicable)
10. Does this marine protected area have zones with different regulations? If so, please indicate the number of zones (if two areas within the site have the same set of regulations, please consider them one regulatory zone).
- No – the regulations are the same throughout the site
- Yes – 2 zones
- Yes – 3 zones
- Yes – 4 zones
- Yes – 5 zones
Please describe the zones included in this marine protected area in the text box below. Include the regulatory differences between the zones as well as their sizes (including units of measurement).
If you have maps or geospatial data (GIS) files that includes the boundaries of the zones within the protected area, please upload them using the buttons below, or provide links to them in the text box.
11. What types of extractive activities are allowed within the protected area? Check all gear types that are allowed within the protected area. If activities are allowed with a permit, please use the comments box below to list those activities, describe the permitting process, and indicate how many permits are granted annually.
- No extraction allowed
- Beach seining
- Cast nets
- Digging/dredging (bivalves)
- Drift nets
- Fish traps (including “madrague”)
- Hand harvesting – sea weeds
- Intertidal capture/harvest – animals
- Lines (jigs, hook and line, rod, troll)
- Longlines (bottom)
- Longlines (pelagic)
- Purse seining (bottom)
- Purse seining (pelagic)
- Surrounding nets near shore
- Trammel nets
- Traps (lobster/octopus/crab)
- Trawl (bottom)
- Trawl (pelagic)
- Other: (specify)
12. Which types of other activities are allowed within the protected area? If activities are allowed with a permit, please use the comments box below to list those activities, describe the permitting process, and indicate how many permits are granted annually.
- Anchoring (unrestricted)
- Anchoring (restricted)
- Mooring buoys are maintained and may be used
- Recreational boating
- Scientific collecting
- Aquaculture (list species farmed)
- Wind farms
- Dedging or sand/gravel mining
- Military operations (describe)
- Oil or gas exploration/production
- Wave or tidal energy
- Other bottom exploitation (specify)
Please provide documentation of the regulations you have described (you may upload a file or you may provide a working web link in the comment box).
14. What is the total area of the marine protected area (include units of measurement)? Please upload or provide links to any maps or geospatial data (GIS) files depicting the boundaries of the marine protected area that you have not already submitted.
15. What kinds of ecological or protected area buffers, if any, surround the ecosystem(s) protected in the MPA to provide ecological isolation?
16. To what extent have the local communities been engaged in the marine protected area?
- Local communities engaged in implementation of the marine protected area
- Local communities engaged in management of the marine protected area
- Local communities not engaged in either the implementation or the management of the marine protected area
- I do not know
Please provide a description and/or references regarding the ways in which the local community has been engaged in the marine protected area.
17. Please upload any additional supporting documents (e.g., pdf, doc, map images, GIS data, etc.), descriptions, links, references, and contacts.