2018 Global Ocean Refuge Nominees

 

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve
Comment Period: CLOSED

Réserve Naturelle Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls
Comment Period: CLOSED

Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary
Comment Period: CLOSED

De Hoop Marine Protected Area
Comment Period: CLOSED

Exuma Cays Land & Sea Park
Comment Period: CLOSED

Misool Private Marine Reserve
Comment Period: CLOSED

Ilhas Selvagens
Comment Period: CLOSED

Wilsons Promontory Marine Protected Areas
Comment Period: CLOSED

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve

Photo: Piotr Zurek

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Status: under review

 

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report
Supplemental Materials

 

Summary

Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve is New Zealand's oldest marine reserve and it is known for its subtropical habitats, including kelp forests and sponge-dominated deep rocky reef, that are representative of the northeastern biogeographic region.

 

Comment Period: July 13 - August 10, 2018

 

Réserve Naturelle Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls

Photo: Alberto Romeo

Status: under review

 

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report
Supplemental Materials

 

Summary

France’s Réserve Naturelle Marine de Cerbère-Banyuls is one of the oldest MPAs in the Mediterranean. It is renowned for its effective management and ecological richness, including big seagrass meadows.

 

Comment Period: July 13 - August 10, 2018

 

Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary

Photo: GRID Arendal

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Status: under review

 

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report
Supplemental Materials

 

Summary

Chumbe Island Coral Reef Sanctuary, located off the coast of Tanzania, harbors one of the most resilient reefs in the Western Indian Ocean and it is renowned for its rich coral diversity and the many unique and locally rare species that call it home.

 

Comment Period: July 13 - August 10, 2018

 

De Hoop Marine Protected Area

Photo: Winfried Bruenken

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Status: under review

 

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report
Supplemental Materials

 

Summary

De Hoop Marine Protected Area is a South African coastal MPA that protects unique intertidal ecosystems. It provides refuge to overfished species and is an important habitat for the southern right whale.

 

Comment Period: July 13 - August 10, 2018

 

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park

Photo: Jakob Owens

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Status: under review

 

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report
Supplemental Materials

 

Summary

Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park serves as an ecological refuge to numerous plant, coral and animal species due to its relatively undisturbed coral reefs, mangroves, and seagrass beds ecosystems.

 

Comment Period: July 13 - August 10, 2018

 

Misool Private Marine Reserve

Photo: Shawn Heinrichs

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Status: under review

 

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report
Supplemental Materials

 

Summary

Misool Private Marine Reserve harbors one of the richest coral reefs within the highly biodiverse Coral Triangle. Misool is home to many endemic species, including the Raja Ampat walking shark.

 

Comment Period: July 13 - August 10, 2018

 

 Ilhas Selvagens

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Status: under review

 

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report
Supplemental Materials

 

Summary

Ilhas Selvagens harbor one of the last intact marine ecosystems in the North Atlantic Ocean and maintain high coastal fish species diversity within a small area. The MPA is known for its abundance of mollusks, crustaceans, and gastropods.

 

Comment Period: July 13 - August 10, 2018

 

Wilsons Promontory Marine Protected Areas

Photo: Steve Bennett

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Status: under review

 

Reports & Documentation
Evaluation Report
Supplemental Materials

 

Summary

Wilsons Promontory Marine Protected Areas have high species richness and diversity indices, as well as higher than average abundances for most fish species compared to other areas in Central Victoria.

 

Comment Period: July 13 - August 10, 2018