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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 : 555512240
  • WDPA PID : 555512240
  • Original name of MPA: MAR North of the Azores High Seas 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: 93 568,00 km²
  • Calculated marine area: 93 572,46 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 )
      Elasmobranchii 105901 Centrophorus squamosus ( ) registration lists
        105907 Centroscymnus coelolepis ( ) registration lists
      Reptilia 137205 Caretta caretta ( ) 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:
    • 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? Partial
  • Comments : OSPAR CPs report annually against the Recommendations. OSPAR and NEAFC are working together under the collective arrangement to ensure cooperation and coherence in management of areas in ABNJ. Discussions with other management organisations are on going
  • 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
    • Important nursery, juvenile, or spawning areas
    • A high natural biological productivity of the species or features being represented
  • Level of importance of the biological diversity: High
  • Level of representativity: High
  • Level of sensitivity: High
  • Level of naturalness: Medium
  • 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