Developing marine protected areas


  • Anonymous


A draft framework for the development of a national system of marine protected areas (MPA) has been released for public comment by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Department of the Interior. Under the proposed framework, an MPA is any area of the marine environment that has been reserved by U.S. federal, state, local, or other government regulations “to provide lasting protection for part or all of the natural and cultural resources therein.” About 1500 marine conservation areas initially would qualify as MPAs.The national system is intended to guide cooperative efforts among various parties and thus increase protection of these areas.