PRINCE EDWARD ISLANDS MPA

"sub-antarctic treasures"

Southern Ocean

 

PROCLAIMED in 2013

 

A volcanic sub-Antarctic wilderness teeming with hundreds of thousands of penguins, albatrosses, petrels and seals.

The Prince Edward Islands are the jewels in South Africa’s island crown. They comprise of the larger Marion Island and the smaller Prince Edward Island, which were annexed by the South African navy in 1948. A permanent weather station has been in operation ever since that provides vital information needed to monitor climate change in the Southern Ocean. There are 28 seabird species, three seal species and killer whales.

 

 
 

BENEFITS

  • Protects patagonian toothfish

  • Protects feeding areas for seals, seabirds and killer whales

  • home to 40% of the world’s wandering albatrosses