AMATHOLE coastal MPA
East London, Eastern Cape
Established in 2011
This 246.5 km2 MPA.
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)