Mozambique Approves Africa's Largest Coastal Marine Sanctuary

A final decision on the creation of a series of massive marine sanctuaries in Antarctica may have been punted off until next year, but word's come in on a small victory for ocean conservation. WWF has announced that Mozambique has announced the creation of the continent's largest coastal marine reserve, the Primeiras and Segundas environmental protection area.

The ten-island archipelago,

includes the most robust and diverse coral community in Mozambique. It is rich in mangroves, marine life, deep underwater canyons and large seagrass beds. Due to cold nutrient-rich upwellings, the archipelago is spared coral bleaching, a common problem in other coral-rich areas, making these some of the most globally productive and important reefs on the planet.
The protected area covers over 3800 square miles of ocean.

Mozambique Approves Africa's Largest Coastal Marine Sanctuary
The Primeiras and Segundas environmental protection area covers 10 small but important islands.

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