2019 Global Ocean Refuge Nominees

2019 Global Ocean Refuge Nominees Map NoTitle

Aldabra Atoll Special Reserve
Comment Period: CLOSED

Arnavon Community Marine Park
Comment Period: CLOSED

Marine Protected Areas around the Northern Channel Islands
Comment Period: CLOSED

Parque Nacional Isla del Coco
Comment Period: CLOSED

Reserva Marina de Galàpagos
Comment Period: CLOSED

Area Marina Protetta di Torre Guaceto
Comment Period: CLOSED

The evaluation report for each nominee is based on the Global Ocean Refuge Award Criteria

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Aldabra Atoll Special Reserve

 

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Status: Under review

 

Summary

Aldabra Atoll Speciall Reserve is a large raised coral atoll, in the south-west Seychelles and a global hotspot for biodiversity. This reserve has near-pristine coral reefs that support a huge diversity and abundance of marine life, many of which are endangered and endemic. Aldabra is also one of the Indian Ocean's most important nesting sites for green turtles and hosts the last dugong population in Seychelles.

 

Comment Period: July 1 - July 26, 2019

Arnavon Community Marine Park

 

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Status: Under review

 

Summary

The Arnavon Community Marine Park (ACMP) is a cooperatively managed MPA in the Solomon Islands. The implementation of this MPA has led to major population rebounds, including the doubling of local hawksbill sea turtles. 20 other locally managed marine areas have been catalysed by the ACMP.

 

Comment Period: July 1 - July 26, 2019

Marine Protected Areas around the Northern Channel Islands

 

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Status: Under review

 

Summary

The Marine Protected Areas around the Channel Islands host a variety of marine mammals including cetaceans, pinnipeds and sea otters. This network includes 11 no-extraction marine reserves protecting vibrant kelp forests, deep sea coral gardens and sea grass beds.

 

Comment Period: July 1 - July 26, 2019

Parque Nacional Isla del Coco

 

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Status: Under review

 

Summary

Cocos Island National Park is an important point of travel for migratory sharks in the Eastern Tropical Pacific. The island is a globally important reservoir of biodiversity, and is visited by blue whales, sperm whales and bottlenose dolphins.

 

Comment Period: July 1 - July 26, 2019

Reserva Marina de Galápagos

 

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Status: Under review

 

Summary

The Galapagos Marine Reserve is one of the largest MPAs in the world, within its 138,000 km2  area reside more than 2900 marine species. Pregnant whale sharks use this archipelago as a navigational waypoint, possibly due to these waters containing the highest reef fish biomass ever recorded.

 

Comment Period: July 1 - July 26, 2019

Area Marina Protetta di Torre Guaceto

 

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Status: Under review

 

Summary

Situated on the South East coast of Italy, the Torre Guaceto Marine Protected Area protects a wide variety of habitats including meadows of seagrass, sandy beaches, cliffs and rocky shores. A diverse group of marine invertebrates inhabit this MPA, including corals such as sea fans, sea cucumbers, brittle stars, bryozoans and crustaceans.

 

Comment Period: July 1 - July 26, 2019