Monitoring of the deep-sea organisms for MPAs

Monitoring of the deep-sea organisms for MPAs

Monitoring of the deep-sea organisms for MPAs 2000 1334 Ocean Decade

Lead institution:

Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology – Japan

To establish and manage more than 30% of the ocean as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and/or Other Effective area-based Conservation Measures (OECMs), we will survey the diversity of marine organisms, especially deep-sea organisms, in the candidate areas of the deep-sea MPAs/OECMs. 

The diversity of the marine organisms has been monitored with various approaches, however, several technical issues to monitor the deep-sea organisms still remain and the biodiversity in the deep sea is not fully understood. Hence, we will invent and improve the monitoring devices/methods and survey the biodiversity utilizing them in our action. 

As we first survey the deep sea within Japanese EEZ, the information contributing to establish further MPAs/OECMs will be obtained and discussed with the possible stakeholders (e.g., Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan). Then, that information will be utilized to explore the possible candidates of the MPAs/OECMs in the high seas. 

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Marine Life 2030 

Start Date: 01/04/2022
End Date: 31/03/2030 

Lead Contact: Akinori Yabuki (

challenges: 2- Protect and restore ecosystems and biodiversity
host_programme: Marine Life 2030
ocean_basins: North Pacific Ocean
type_of_action: Project


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