Marine Protected Areas Inventory

NOAA's Marine Protected Areas Inventory (MPA Inventory) describes all MPAs in U.S. waters, specifying where they are and what they do. This comprehensive geospatial database combines publicly available data with information from state and federal MPA programs. It can be used to view MPAs; explore status and trends of MPAs; create customized maps and analytical products; or add MPAs to data portals, online viewers, and other spatial data visualizations.

The 2015 MPA Inventory can be accessed via (1) interactive data viewer: Searchable online visualization application; (2) downloadable GIS data: ESRI shapefile or geodatabase; (3) downloadable tabular data: Excel spreadsheet (no spatial reference); and (4) web mapping services: Series of layers with a range of display options

Connected to Sustainable Development Goal Indicator 14.5.1 - Coverage of protected areas in relation to marine areas

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Last Updated May 10, 2017, 21:14 (UTC)
Created May 6, 2017, 16:54 (UTC)