In celebration of World Oceans Day, the La Jolla based Waitt Foundation and the Marine Conservation Institute announced the launch of a new online tool, an online digital atlas that assembles information on marine protected areas (MPAs) around the world.
The world’s oceans are facing enormous adversity from environmental degradation, overfishing, and pollution. Science has shown that the establishment of ocean parks, or marine protected areas (MPA), can mitigate these harms, thereby restoring and revitalizing fragile marine ecosystems. The online digital Atlas is the foremost database of global MPAs. It is an online digital map that assembles key information on marine protected areas around the world. An interactive and user-friendly platform, the online digital Atlas is geared towards providing a comprehensive scope of data for conservation advocates, scientists, policy makers, and the interested public alike.