List of National System Sites
The List of National System MPAs is the official inventory of all MPAs that have been formally recognized as part of the national system. The MPAs on the List are those that went through the nomination process, and have been mutually agreed upon by both the MPA Center and the managing agency. Joining the National System of MPAs provides an opportunity for sites to work together on common conservation objectives. It does not change the management of the site or entail any restrictions on access or use. There are currently 355 members of the National System of MPAs (for more details on the national system, download the "Analysis of National System Members" fact sheet, below).
View the detailed List of National System MPAs (if you'd like a simple list of just locations, click here). This List is current as of March 2012, and contains all the mutually accepted MPAs that were nominated during the first five rounds of nominations. All sites included on the List were available for public review. You can view the response to public comments received on previous rounds of nominated sites here.
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The List includes the following information for each national system MPA:
Information on key resources protected by national system MPAs is available at the website for each site provided on the List.
Information on authorizing legislation is in development and will be posted soon.
The MPA Center will publish an updated, summary version of the List in the Federal Register after every nomination round.
Modifying MPAs on the List
Participation in the national system does not constrain the management agency from changing its management of the MPA. The management agency retains the ability to add or reduce levels of protection, change the size of the MPA, or make other changes. Management agencies are asked to provide all significant updates to the MPA Center, but would not be required to re-nominate the site. If the MPA no longer meets the national system MPA eligibility criteria, it will be removed from the List.
Removing MPAs from the List
MPA sites or systems that have been included on the List may be removed at any time by written request of the managing agency or the MPA Center for reasons including: the MPA ceases to exist; the MPA no longer meets the national system eligibility criteria; or the managing authority requests removal.
All requests from managing agencies by the MPA Center to remove an MPA from the national system must be made in writing, and will be made publically available.
For More Information
If you would like more information about the MPA Center's efforts to develop the national system of MPAs, please write to email@example.com.