Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Egyptian protection for the Mediterranean Coast


Egypt has created a marine reserve on the Mediterranean coast it shares with Libya. The new 150-square mile area contains 10-12,000 marine species, not to mention birds, amphibians, and reptiles. This coastal marine protected area (MPA) will help protect biodiversity and encourage further scientific research and discovery. Read more here.

Egypt MPA

While this new Mediterranean MPA serves as the first marine reserve Egypt has ever designed off its northern coast facing the Mediterranean Sea, it is not the first marine protected area in Egypt. Located on the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula, Ras Mohamed Protected Area  is a long-established marine reserve that was implemented in 1983.

The beautiful shorelines of Sharm el Sheikh are  included in the boundary of the Ras Mohamed Protected Area, which was developed for the protection of marine and terrestrial wildlife to balance and support the busy tourism on the Gulf of Suez. Ras Mohamed is a popular dive destination.

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Francesca Koe
An active ocean advocate, VP of U.S. Freediving, a multi-agency dive instructor, PFI Safety Supervisor and AIDA judge, Francesca also serves as the Editor-At-Large here at You can usually find Francesca diving in the kelp, hanging out at the Farallones with sharky friends, or trying to improve upon her own PB's.


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