Cultural Heritage Marine Protected Areas

photo of a lighthouse and the ocean
St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, FL.

Marine protected areas often include areas of historic and cultural significance, such as shipwrecks, airplane wrecks, archeological sites and areas of importance to tribal and indigenous peoples. The knowledge gained through careful research and analysis of historical artifacts scattered throughout our oceans and Great Lakes is fundamental to understanding our heritage. By continuing to preserve, protect, and respect these resources, we can ensure that our nation's cultural resources are available for future generations.

Cultural Resources Toolkit

MPA Inventory – including information on Cultural Resource MPAs in the U.S.

MPA Federal Advisory Committee recommendations on a Cultural Landscape Approach