The Malpelo Island PSSA surrounds the sheer cliffs and vertiginous depths of Malpelo. Find out more about the area using the interactive map.

The barren rocks are inhospitable to greenery, but numerous lichens, ferns and a few shrubs cling to life. Besides the huge numbers of birds, the island's real life is underwater. Discover more about Malpelo's wildlife here.

The Associated Protective Measure (APM) is an Area to be Avoided (ATBA) and applies to large ships and fishing vessels. It aims to reduce the risk of damage from grounding and relieve the pressure on local fishing grounds. Find out more about how the APM protects Malpelo.