What is it?
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.
Navigator’s interactive global map makes the rules around marine life protection easy to understand since it displays place-based marine restrictions that apply to any spot in the ocean, accelerating conservation assessments. By clicking through Navigator’s filters, you can understand each area’s protections and create downloadable reports.
21,000+ Marine Protected Areas and other Marine Managed Areas
ProtectedSeas uses a standardized process to collect, synthesize, and map Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and other Marine Managed Areas (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. Our review is focused on marine-related activities, which also informs the restriction status.
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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. Because if you don’t have the information you need, how can you support the oceans upon which all life depends?
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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.