2017 Nominees

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Islas Choros y Damas Marine Reserve and Isla Chañaral Marine Reserve
Public Comment Period: OPEN July 5 - August 2, 2017

Malpelo Fauna & Flora Sanctuary
Public Comment Period: OPEN June 21 - July 19, 2017

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
Public Comment Period: CLOSED June 19 - July 17, 2017

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park
Public Comment Period: CLOSED June 19 - July 17, 2017

Twelve Apostles Marine National Park
Public Comment Period: CLOSED June 19 - July 17, 2017

South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf Marine Protected Area
Public Comment Period: CLOSED June 19 - July 17, 2017

Islas Choros y Damas Marine Reserve and Islas Chañaral Marine Reserve

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Status: under review
Nominated on April 10, 2017

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report [ download pdf]
Supplemental Materials [ download zip file]

Summary

The highly productive coastal ecosystem protected by these two reserves off Chile support many species of fish, invertebrates, and marine mammals. The reserves provide important feeding grounds for Humboldt Penguins and are popular tourist destinations.

Public Comment

Public Comment Period: OPEN July 5 - August 2, 2017

Do you think Islas Choros y Damas and Isla Chañaral Marine Reserves are world class protected areas that are critical to safeguarding marine biodiversity through the 21st century?

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Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary

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Status: under review
Nominated on April 10, 2017

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report [ download pdf]
Supplemental Materials [ download zip file]

Summary

This highly productive area off the west coast of Colombia hosts impressive marine biodiversity, including large aggregations of sharks and pelagic fish, at least 5 endemic fish species, 17 marine mammal species and 7 marine reptile species. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a Hope Spot and a top dive destination.

Public Comment

Public Comment Period: OPEN June 21 - July 19, 2017

Do you think the Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary is a world class protected area that is critical to safeguarding marine biodiversity through the 21st century?

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Voice your support or criticism for this site joining the Global Ocean Refuge System protected area network.

Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

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Status: under review
Nominated on April 10, 2017

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report [ download pdf]
Supplemental Materials [ download zip file]

Summary

One of the largest protected areas in the world, over 7,000 marine species live in Papahānaumokuākea, a quarter of which are endemic to the Hawaiian Archipelago. The coral reefs and pelagic ecosystem support endangered turtles, sea birds and the Hawaiian monk seal in addition to apex predators like sharks and jacks.

Public Comment

Public Comment Period: CLOSED June 19 - July 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone that voiced support or criticism for this site joining the Global Ocean Refuge System protected area network.

Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park

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Status: under review
Nominated on April 10, 2017

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report [ download pdf]
Supplemental Materials [ download zip file]

Summary

Located in the heart of the coral triangle, this park of the Philippines hosts about half of all coral species in the world and supports sea turtles, sharks, sea birds, cetaceans, and a myriad of fish. Renowned for its high biodiversity, it is among the world’s top dive sites.

Public Comment

Public Comment Period: CLOSED June 19 - July 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone that voiced support or criticism for this site joining the Global Ocean Refuge System protected area network.

Twelve Apostles Marine National Park

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Status: under review
Nominated on April 10, 2017

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report [ download pdf]
Supplemental Materials [ download zip file]

Summary

Remarkable geological formations in this coastal protected area of Victoria, Australia play host to a wide variety of marine wildlife in kelp forests, sandy beaches, and sea grass beds. Sea birds, seals, lobsters and fish make it a popular spot for snorkeling, diving and bird watching.

Public Comment

Public Comment Period: CLOSED June 19 - July 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone that voiced support or criticism for this site joining the Global Ocean Refuge System protected area network.

South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf Marine Protected Area

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Status: under review
Nominated on April 10, 2017

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report [ download pdf]
Supplemental Materials [ download zip file]

Summary

This Southern Ocean marine protected area was designated by a consensus among the countries party to the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). It protects representative benthic and pelagic habitats support a diversity of marine wildlife including two species of penguin and leopard seals.

Public Comment

Public Comment Period: CLOSED June 19 - July 17, 2017

Thank you to everyone that voiced support or criticism for this site joining the Global Ocean Refuge System protected area network.