An eel slithers through coral patches off an oil platform in Gabon.
Photograph by Enric Sala, National Geographic Creative
Last Monday Gabon lead the way for Africa and the world, having just unified a network of 20 marine parks into the largest marine protected area in Africa. The 53 000 square kilometre expanse will protect 26 percent of Gabon’s territorial seas and an extensive lists of marine species including the largest breeding populations of leatherback and olive ridley sea turtles as well as 20 cetacean species.
Marine conservation biologist at the University of York in Great Britain, Callum Roberts, comments this development, which scientists are calling the most sustainable fisheries management plan for West Africa yet, may help the oceans be more climate change resilient. Gabon is among a handful of nations to meet the United Nations’ goal of protecting 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020.
Precis of National Geographic article by Laura Parker.
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