Congo Basin Coast-Gulf of Guinea Seascape
(Marine Protected Area Network)
The Wildlife Conservation Society with the support of the Waitt Foundation has proposed the creation of a network of marine protected areas covering 23% of the territorial seas along the coastline of Gabon. The waters of this region are extremely productive, with a high concentration of large marine animals including whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea turtles. Currently the Congo Basin Coast is largely unprotected, and faces new threats from coastal development, unregulated overfishing, and expanding oil and gas extraction. This planned network of marine parks through the existing park and creation of new ones will include a variety of ecosystems: lagunas, estuaries,coastal waters, canyons and high seas.