U.S. Marine Protected Areas Boundaries: MPA Inventory

Metadata Updated: December 7, 2020

The MPA Inventory is a comprehensive catalog that provides detailed information for existing marine protected areas in the United States. The inventory provides geospatial boundary information (in polygon format) and classification attributes that seek to define the conservation objectives, protection level, governance and related management criteria for all sites in the database. The comprehensive inventory of federal, state and territorial MPA sites provides governments and stakeholders with access to information to make better decisions about the current and future use of place-based conservation. The information also will be used to inform the development of the national system of marine protected areas as required by Executive Order 13158.

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Metadata Date November 24, 2020
Metadata Created Date October 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 7, 2020
Reference Date(s) 2014-10 (publication)
Frequency Of Update annually

Metadata Source

Harvested from NOS ONMS

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Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date November 24, 2020
Metadata Created Date October 12, 2020
Metadata Updated Date December 7, 2020
Reference Date(s) 2014-10 (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Access Constraints Cite As: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, [Date of Access]: U.S. Marine Protected Areas Boundaries: MPA Inventory [Data Date Range], https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/inport/item/40002., Access Constraints: These data are publicly accessible and downloadable via http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/dataanalysis/mpainventory/ | Use Constraints: These data are in the Public domain. The data are not to be used for navigation. For more information, see the accuracy section. | Distribution Liability: The MPA Center shall not be held liable for improper or incorrect use of the data described and/or contained in this database. These data and related graphics are not legal documents and are not intended to be used as such.The information contained in these data is dynamic and may change over time. The data are not better than the original sources from which they were derived. It is the responsibility of the data user to use the data appropriately and within the limitations of geospatial data in general, and these data in particular.
Bbox East Long 180
Bbox North Lat 70.329403
Bbox South Lat -15.386142
Bbox West Long -180
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update annually
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Harvest Source Title NOS ONMS
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress completed
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True

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