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According to the governmental gazette, the purpose for declaring the Marine Protected Area is:
- to protect and conserve the marine environment and marine biodiversity in the Amathole region
- to provide a sanctuary for species impacted by boat-based exploitation
- to provide benchmark areas for scientific research and monitoring aimed at the protection and conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems
- to control activities in the Marine Protected Area to reduce the risks of habitat degradation.