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Hope Spot - Walter's Shoal: protect the coast in Madagascar

About Hope Spot - Walter's Shoal: protect the coast in Madagascar
Walter’s Shoal is a group of seamounts off the coast of Madagascar. Deep-sea fishing and lobster fishing have targeted the region, but little is known about its ecology. Walter’s Shoal is a unique feature in the southern Indian Ocean forming part of the Madagascar Ridge. Despite being 700 kilometers from the coast, the tips of some of the mountains are only 50 meters below the surface. Walter’s Shoal is home to many species of fish, crustaceans, and mollusks. The South African Hydrographic Frigate SAS Natal captained by Cmdr Walters discovered the seamounts in 1963. When found the region supported a huge population of Galápagos sharks, which have since been fished out.
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.