AMATHOLE coastal MPA

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East London, Eastern Cape

Established in 2011

 

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This 246.5 km2 MPA.

 

BENEFITS

  • Safeguards threatened canyon habitat from trawling and mining (best option as less socio-economic cost than protecting canyon off Cape Point)

  • Important feeding area for whales and seabirds

  • Important for sustainability of small pelagic and hake fisheries

  • Ecotourism potential (e.g. whale watching)