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New online map shows network of protection for North America's marine ecosystems

challenges remain to ensure that adequate protection and management extends throughout all ecoregions. Although some ecoregions have limited number of protected areas the Alaskan/Fjordland Pacific ecoregion, for example, has protected areas covering almost 80 percent of the ecoregion. Likewise, the Northern Gulf of Mexico ecoregion has more than 250 protected areas.

Map tools and resources for teachers, students and others

To celebrate this week's World Oceans Day, the CEC has brought together tools and resources to help decision makers, industry, universities and other learning institutions, as well as concerned citizens, better understand North America's shared ocean resources. These maps and publications include:

  • A new map viewer using Google Earth to explore all of the Atlas' marine ecosystems maps and data.
  • Marine Ecoregions of North America: a set of maps and detailed descriptions that provide a platform for sound management and conservation of marine biodiversity.
  • Baja California to the Bering Sea: an assessment of 28 priority conservation areas requiring concerted conservation action along North America's West Coast.
  • Conservation action plans for four marine species of common concern for North America: vaquita porpoise, humpback whale, leatherback turtle and pink-footed shearwater.


Contact: Eduardo Viadas
Commission for Environmental Cooperation

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