The Western Indian Ocean region has given protected status to 143 marine and coastal areas, covering a total area of 553,163 sq km. This accounts for 7% of the region’s total Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

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Yamkela Mngxe, Acting Director of Integrated Projects and International Coordination in South Africa’s Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, says: “A well-managed MPA can bring significant economic, social, and environmental benefits to a country. They can increase food security by preventing the overexploitation of fish stocks; create and protect jobs in the tourism and fisheries sectors; build resilience to climate change; and protect species and habitats.”

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