MPA Programs

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Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve hosts students from a local science class. Credit: Jim Couch, Georgia Department of Natural Resources

A variety of government programs, agencies, and legislation manage, monitor or establish marine protected areas in U.S. waters. 

Federal MPA Programs

State & Territorial MPA Programs

Tribal Programs

International MPA Initiatives


Webinar Series with Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

Congressional Research Service's Marine Protected Areas: An Overview