About Navigator

What is it?

Navigator is a free, interactive map of regulatory information for over 21,000 managed saltwater and coastal areas worldwide, including the high seas.

The marine protected areas in Navigator are complemented with other place-based conservation measures for a more comprehensive view of global marine protections.

Now, anyone can understand the legal ocean protections more quickly and compare areas globally to make informed decisions about ocean conservation and management.

Before Navigator, understanding legal marine life protections required an investment of months of legal research and mapping. In many cases, multiple place-based measures apply, making it difficult to properly analyze the protection potential of ocean spaces.

Today, Navigator displays overlapping place-based marine restrictions that apply at any spot in the ocean, showing the most restrictive first.

Navigator at a Glance



The number of marine areas that were independently resourced and reviewed by the Navigator team.



The time it took the Navigator team to research, compile and summarize the legal protections for the global MPA database.



The labor that the small but dedicated team at ProtectedSeas’ put in to complete the global MPA review.



The size of the Navigator database of all worldwide legal restrictions for marine managed and protected areas if printed.

The data can assist the international ocean conservation community.

Our Methodology


21,000+ MPAs and other managed areas (MMAs)

ProtectedSeas uses a standardized process to collect, synthesize, and map MPAs and other MMAs.


How Navigator assesses Level of Protection

ProtectedSeas assigns a Level of Fishing Protection (LFP) score to each area, coded on a 1-5 scale, based on an analysis of restrictions on marine life extraction.


What types of Fishing and Activities Does Navigator Assess?

For each area, data from legal texts and management plans are reviewed, summarized, and used to inform restriction-related attributes. Review is focused on marine-related activities, which also informs the restriction status.

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    Our Partners

    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. Because if you don’t have the information you need, how can you support the oceans upon which all life depends?

    Work with us

    Contact us to learn more about our work, request a demonstration or to discuss partnership opportunities.



    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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