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Mapping Marine Managed Areas: Creating a Database of Managed Areas in the High Seas
by ProtectedSeas (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
Unsustainable removal of marine life can lead to species depletion and even extinction. Marine managed areas were enacted to create safe havens where marine life could be protected and conserved for future generations. ProtectedSeas seeks to further awareness and enforcement of existing marine protected and marine managed areas (managed areas) by making online and downloadable maps available for conservation strategy and planning. Boundaries are easily seen, along with a summary of the purpose of protection, restrictions on activities, allowed activities, and regulations. Users can view all protections applicable at a certain location, or search for protections based on over 25 specific categories, including extraction, entry, speed, anchoring, certain types of fishing gear, commercial, and recreational fishing. These protections are visually demonstrated on the map allowing users to compare protections in different countries and regions.

ProtectedSeas offers this data for the United States, Caribbean, and just released the data for the High Seas accessible by interactive map or for free download in celebration of World Oceans Day on 8 June 2017.

ProtectedSeas is committed to maintaining and optimizing the only map and database of protected areas and their regulations, and to working in partnership with countries and non-governmental organizations around the world to extend this resource for complete global coverage.
Progress reports
By 2020, effectively regulate harvesting and end overfishing, illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing and destructive fishing practices and implement science-based management plans, in order to restore fish stocks in the shortest time feasible, at least to levels that can produce maximum sustainable yield as determined by their biological characteristics
Type of commitment
  • Compliance, monitoring and enforcement
  • Reduction and elimination fishing practices and gear that destroy/degrade marine habitat
By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information
Type of commitment
  • MPA management and/or enforcement
December 2017
Western Hemisphere
May 2017
High Seas Map
September 2017
Caribbean & Mexico
Staff / Technical expertise
An expert team of researchers and practitioners with academic, industry and NGO backgrounds
Basic information
Time-frame: January 2015 - N/A
Anthropocene Institute, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Jennifer Sletten, Staff Attorney, Outreach Coordinator, jennifer@protectedseas.net, 4252136338
Menlo Park, CA
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