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MILNE SEAMOUNT COMPLEX MPA - Marine protected area (OSPAR )

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  • Country:
    area beyond national jurisdiction
  • Name of MPA:
  • Designation in national language:
    Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Status:
  • Status year:
  • WDPA ID::
  • WDPA PID::
Marine Areas Network Map

General information

  • WDPA ID : 555512239
  • WDPA PID : 555512239
  • Original name of MPA: Milne Seamount Complex MPA
  • Country: area beyond national jurisdiction
  • Designation in national language: Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Designation in English: Marine protected area (OSPAR )
  • Designation type: international
  • IUCN Category: Not applicable
  • Reported marine area: 20 913,00 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 20 913,88 km²
  • Status: Designated
  • Status year: 2010
  • OSPAR region: Wider Atlantic
  • Management authority name: OSPAR  
  • Management authority web site: 

  • OSPAR conservation objectives/aims:
    • Protect, conserve and restore species, habitats and ecological processes which have been adversely affected by human activities
    • Prevent degradation of, and damage to, species, habitats and ecological processes, following the precautionary principle
    • Protect and conserve areas that best represent the range of species, habitats and ecological processes in the maritime area
  • Site conservation objectives/aims:
    • To maintain, conserve or restore biodiversity, natural heritage, habitats, species or landscapes with legal protection status
    • To maintain, conserve or restore biodiversity, natural heritage, habitats, species or landscapes without legal protection status
    • To maintain key ecological functions (spawning areas, nursery grounds, feeding zones, resting areas, areas of high productivity, etc.)
    • To promote sustainable management / development of socio-economic activities
    • To manage exploitation of natural resources
    • To educate on environmental issues and improve public awareness
    • To foster scientific research
  • Additional conservation objectives/aims:
    • Data not reported

Marine species and habitats


Warning : Non-exhaustive list of species and habitats with statuses, provided by the manager.

  • Inventory of marine species present with protection status
    • Species present
      Species under status
      Class WoRMS Code Species present
      (and which justified the designation )
      Actinopterygii 126402 Hoplostethus atlanticus ( ) registration lists
      Elasmobranchii 105899 Centrophorus granulosus ( ) registration lists
        105901 Centrophorus squamosus ( ) registration lists
        105907 Centroscymnus coelolepis ( ) registration lists
      Mammalia 137090 Balaenoptera musculus ( ) registration lists
      Reptilia 137209 Dermochelys coriacea ( ) registration lists
  • Inventory of marine habitats present with protection status
    • Present habitats (and which justified the designation )
      Espèces sous statut

      Habitats listed by the OSPAR Convention

      Coral Gardens ( )
      Deep-sea sponge aggregations ( )
      Lophelia pertusa reefs ( )
      Seamounts ( )

Uses and activities

  • Human activities currently known to be occurring within the site:
    • Professional fishing with pelagic trawlers
      • Professional pelagic trawling
    • Professional fishing, trades line
      • Professional long line fishing (pelagic)
    • Shipping traffic
    • Overflight
    • Scientific Research


  • Measures applying within the MPA perimeter: Data not reported
  • International organisations having signed the 'Collective arrangement':
    • OSPAR Convention
  • Physical area of application of the MPA:
    • Seabed
    • Water column
    • Surface

Resources (staff, equipment and financial)


Management plan

  • Is the MPA management documented? Partial
  • Comments : management is recommended for a number of human activities occuring/ likely to occur in the site
  • Are the measures to achieve the conservation objectives being implemented? No
  • Comments : No managment measures in place
  • Is monitoring in place to assess if measures are working? No
  • Comments : some seamount research has been conducted in the region, with the most recent documented in 2007, but not specifically in the site and there is no designated monitoring strategy.
  • Is the MPA moving towards or has reached its conservation objectives? Unknown
  • Comments : no specific monitoring strategyn in place to assess the movement towards conservation advice
  • Number of management plan versions since the official designation of the MPA:  


  • National legal status:
    • None
  • International legal status:
    • None
  • Type of enforcement within the MPA:
    • Data not reported
  • Human uses and activities in the MPA subject to regulations:
Human uses and activities in the MPA subject to regulations.
 Regulated Permanent
  Professional bottom trawling
  Professional long line fishing (pelagic)


  • Type of monitoring programs implemented:
    • Occasional monitoring program for environmental and/or biodiversity features

OSPAR criteria for designation

  • Ecological significance:
    • Important feeding, breeding, moulting, wintering or resting area
    • A high natural biological productivity of the species or features being represented
  • Level of importance of the biological diversity: Data not available
  • Level of representativity: Data not available
  • Level of sensitivity: High
  • Level of naturalness: Data not available
  • Potential for restoration: Data not available
  • Degree of MPA acceptance by stakeholders: Medium
  • Potential for success of management measures: Medium
  • Potential future damage to the area by human activities: Medium
  • Scientific value Very high / Outstanding

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    updated on 17/02/2016