DE HOOP MPA
"right whale paradise"
Cape Agulhas, Western Cape
Established in 1985
This 289 km2 MPA home to the seasonal calving grounds of southern rigth whales and incredible intertidal zones.
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)