South Africa: Western Cape Region in line to get 7 more MPAs

Cape Town - The Western Cape stands to get seven more Marine Protected Areas that will enhance biodiversity, fisheries management, tourism and research in the region.

Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa has made public a draft notice and regulations to declare a network of 22 new proposed Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as part of the Operation Phakisa initiative that will increase the area of protected ocean along the South African coast to 5 percent. Operation Phakisa is a presidential project to fast track the development of South Africa’s ocean economy.

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