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Hope Spot - Kosterfjorden: high diversity of marine species

About Hope Spot - Kosterfjorden: high diversity of marine species
The Kosterfjorden/Yttre Hvaler area has a very high diversity of marine species and contains many unique habitats found nowhere else in the region. The eastern parts of this Hope Spot in the northern Skagerrak (Koster-/Väderöfjorden and Singlefjorden) are located in Swedish territorial waters, while the western part (Yttre Hvaler) is situated in Norwegian territorial waters. It contains rich and unique deep coral reefs dominated by Lophelia pertusa and supports a great variety of invertebrates, fish, sharks, seals and seabirds. Lightly trawled fjords like Singlefjorden still contain many species that are sensitive to trawling. The area serves as important breeding and nursery habitat for numerous commercial fish species, mollusks and crustaceans as well as sharks and rays, which have decreased dramatically in recent times. The area also contains important feeding grounds for the common seal (Phoca vitulina) and, to a smaller extent, the grey seal (Halichoerus grypus). The Skagerrak area is also identified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) by BirdLife International and hosts internationally important numbers of seabird species including the guillemot (Uria algae), herring gull (Larus argentatus), great skua (Catharacta skua) and little auk (Alle alle).the area, has already been declared a Natura 2000 area according to the EU Habitats Directive. In Norway, the area is listed as a candidate area in the national marine protection plan currently under development.
About Mission Blue
Mission Blue is an initiative of the Sylvia Earle Alliance to ignite public support for the protection of Hope Spots through the creation of a global network of marine protected areas to safeguard 20% of the ocean by 2020.