No 13 (2014): Ukrainian Antarctic Journal
Articles

Development of the marine protected area network in the Argentine Islands area (Akademik Vernadsky Antarctic Station, Ukraine)

A. Yu. Utevsky
Department of zoology and animal ecology V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, 61022 Kharkiv, Ukraine
M. Yu. Kolesnykova
Department of zoology and animal ecology V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, 61022 Kharkiv, Ukraine
D. V. Shmyrov
Department of zoology and animal ecology V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, 61022 Kharkiv, Ukraine
O. I. Sinna
Department of physical geography and cartography V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University, 61022 Kharkiv, Ukraine
Keywords
  • Stella Creek,
  • Skua Creek,
  • biodiversity,
  • underwater landscape,
  • IUCN

Abstract

Based on underwater observations the establishment of marine protected areas in the Stella Creek and Skua Creek straits were proposed. Selection of areas was carried out in accordance with the protocol NAGISA and acoustic bottom survey of the Argentine Islands water area. Descriptions of the marine protected areas were developed and their categories according to IUCN methodology were defined. Сompliance indices calculated according to the IUCN methodology assign the Stella Creek and the Skua Creek MPAs to the IUCN protected categories Ia and III, respectively. 3D models of the marine protected areas were designed.