National System of Marine Protected Areas
The United States has developed a national system of marine protected areas (MPAs) to connect and strengthen the nation's MPAs and MPA programs.
Marine Protected Area Networks
IUCN defines an MPA network as: "A collection of individual MPAs operating cooperatively and synergistically at various spatial scales and with a range of protection levels that are designed to meet objectives that a single reserve cannot achieve."
The ocean is an interconnected and dynamic system that spans geographic boundaries, so effective marine conservation requires a collective global effort.
The MPA Center hosts periodic meetings and conference calls for federal, state, territorial and tribal
MPA program managers and staff to share information across programs.