This project falls within the Sea Around Us Project,an activity initiated and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, and hosted by the University of British Columbia's Fisheries Centre. It is the result of a formal collaboration between the Sea Around Us Project, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the World Conservation Union - World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WCPA).

This project has two main goals: firstly, to develop a more robust global marine protected area (MPA) baseline than currently exists; and secondly, to develop alternative scenarios of global MPA networks using spatial modelling techniques.

Towards achieving the first goal, this website publishes the world's first explicitly marine-focused database of the world's protected areas that have some intertidal and/or subtidal component. It is currently based largely on information in the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) Version 6.1. The aims of this database are to:

   i. provide information that has not, to date, been readily available;
   ii. attract feedback to greater improve the quality and breadth of information available.

The database is freely searchable. A summary by location can be found here. Should you wish to provide edits to the database, you are kindly invited to register. Registration is required to enable us to fully acknowledge your contributions to the database. Suggested edits will be reviewed before being incorporated into the official version of the database. All suggested edits will be retained (used or not) for comparative purposes and explicitly referenced to their provider.

Marine Protected Areas of the World:

  contact us at:    +1 (604) 822-1639  

Note: In order to represent very small marine protected areas (MPAs) on a global map, many MPAs have been represented as points. This tends to significantly exaggerate the area that is actually protected.
Click and drag the magnifier box to see the map in more detail.
An enlarged version of the map is available here.