South Orkney Islands Southern Shelf Marine Protected Area
Marine Protected Area (CCAMLR)
Upon approval in 2009, the South Orkney Islands southern shelf designation became the first no-take marine reserve in the Commission for the Conservation of Anarctic Marine Living Resource's (CCAMLR’s) network of Southern Ocean MPAs. The South Orkney Islands MPA designation was a positive first step as the world’s first wholly high-seas MPA. This area also has incredible scientific value. Scientists in the region have been conducting important research on predator ecology, biodiversity and climate change over many decades. The need to expand upon the area currently protected by the existing MPA is now a critical concern. The MPA’s designation as a no-take area will allow this research to continue uninterrupted by other human activities and sets a precedent for other areas in the Southern Ocean.
Contacts & Resources
Original data record from World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) via ProtectedPlanet.net [view record on site].