Efforts to create MPAs in Argentina’s national waters are accelerating. Recently, the National Parks Administration has declared its intention to create five large open-ocean MPAs; however, coastal protection efforts for sharks and skates are still lacking in provincial jurisdictions. To increase protections in these waters, the Shark Conservation Fund is supporting the efforts of Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) – Argentina to create a Patagonian Coastal Corridor (PCC) marine protected area.
The corridor will encompass several critical habitats for sharks and skates, including a newly discovered nursery area for the critically endangered tope shark and the threatened endemic skate. The project will also help develop and implement a targeted conservation action plan to improve the management of the tope shark.