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MPAtlas Data Download

MPAtlas data is open-access and freely downloadable to ensure that our information can be readily utilized for research, policy, management, and other conservation decision-making.

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The Marine Protection Atlas team is currently rebuilding its database, so our data is temporarily unavailable for public use. If you are interested in accessing or using marine protected area spatial boundaries in your work, you can still download them from the World Database on Protected Areas (WDPA) website.

The newly updated MPAtlas database will build upon WDPA data by supplementing self-reported data with standardized, science-based assessments that categorize MPAs based on the strength of their regulations and associated conservation benefits. Following the publication of The MPA Guide: A Framework to Achieve Global Goals for the Ocean in September 2021, we have begun working with colleagues to release the results of targeted sets of MPAs that have been assessed against the peer-reviewed framework beginning in 2022.

Please check back for updates! In the mean time, if you have any questions, please email us at We'd love to hear from scientists interested in raising funding for projects that include applying The MPA Guide framework to your MPA data set of choice.

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