The first global view of marine life protections.
So together, we can protect our blue planet.

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Start by clicking anywhere in the ocean or along the coasts, then select the Restrictions tab to see all the specific restrictions at that point.

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Click on the map or search for a Country to see protection summary statistics for that country. Click Region Report, to see all marine areas in the Country. On an Area, pick Area Report to see the specific restrictions for that area.

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Begin by clicking anywhere on the map and to the right, you will see the Area tab populate all the different marine restrictions within the area you clicked on. The Area tab can also create reports that will let you view that specific area’s purpose and detailed restrictions.

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You can search for marine areas by country, name, management authority, and by focal species.

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Conservation assessments can be made based on Navigator data.

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Methodology

ProtectedSeas uses a standardized process to collect, synthesize, and map Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and other Marine Managed Areas (MMAs) and assigns a Level of Fishing Protection (LFP) score to each area based on an analysis of restrictions on marine life extraction, coded on a 1-5 scale. Areas on Navigator with higher LFP scores indicate more legal restrictions and more protection from fishing.

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I want to commend the entire team at ProtectedSeas for the incredible work you are doing to advance marine solutions that safeguard our oceans.

Your initiatives — from Navigator to Marine Monitor — exemplify the spirit of innovation and conservation that define California.

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Gavin Newsom
Governor, State of California

On behalf of NOAA I want to thank you for your organization’s excellent work on your recently published national database and online mapping application for marine managed area boundaries and regulation information.

NOAA greatly values our public private partnership, an excellent illustration of the value of collaboration.

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Benjamin P. Friedman
Deputy Under Secretary for Operations
NOAA Administrator

We have found ProtectedSeas Navigator to be the best source of data and remarkably comprehensive tool for understanding the spatial implications of marine protected area regulations. This is a valuable resource for ocean conservation.

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Mike Sweeney, Executive Director
The Nature Conservancy

Nominated in 2024 by The Webby Awards under the Law category, the Navigator platform stood among the top five law-related websites entered worldwide. Its selection as a nominee also meant it was among the top 12% of the 13,000 total projects entered.

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No one can understand ocean protection without first understanding existing ocean regulations… It is not only useful, it is essential for what we are trying to do at Mission Blue in designating and encouraging the designation of Hope Spots to have this kind of information. We are really thrilled to be partnering with ProtectedSeas Navigator.

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Dr. Sylvia Earle
Dr. Sylvia Earle
President and Co-Founder of Mission Blue
National Geographic Society Explorer in Residence
First Hero for the Planet by Time Magazine
Formerly Chief Scientist of NOAA

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To support ocean conservation globally, we work with universities, marine conservation, and governmental organizations in the US and abroad to drive innovation, awareness and support for information solutions for marine conservation and protection. If you don't have all the facts about the ocean, how can you make good choices to protect it? The ocean supports all life on Earth, so we need to understand it in order to take care of it.

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We are pleased to be in public/private partnership with NOAA's National MPA Center. This partnership has helped ensure the most comprehensive and accessible marine managed area dataset for the United States is available for both marine resource managers and the general public.

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