A new high seas Marine Protected Area (MPA) was designated for seabirds which is larger than the land mass of the United Kingdom and Germany combined.
The designation of the high seas North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Sea basin MPA, which will cover nearly 600,000 km2 and protect a vitally important area for seabirds. Based on tracking data, the Site was found to be an important feeding and foraging area and is used both by seabirds breeding on the coasts of the North-East Atlantic, and by those migrating across the globe or nesting in other parts of the world.
OSPAR Decision 2021/01 on the establishment of the North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Sea basin Marine Protected Area
OSPAR Recommendation 2021/01 on the Management of the North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Sea basin Marine Protected Area
The nomination proforma was developed for the North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Seamount Marine Protected Area. Please refer to the summary record of the meeting of OSPAR 2021 (OSPAR 21/13/1) for an explanation of the change of name.
Roadmap for further development of the North Atlantic Current and Evlanov Sea basin Marine Protected Area (OSPAR Agreement 2021-08)