Announcing new web site:
Marine Protected Areas of the United States
The United States Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior
are pleased to announce the first version of a new web site on Marine
Protected Areas (MPAs) of the United States. The web address is
MPA.GOV is designed to provide information, facilitate partnerships, help
identify key needs and challenges, and encourage public participation in
the design, implementation and evaluation of marine protected areas.
In May, 2000, the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior
were directed by President Clinton (Executive Order 13158) to establish and
jointly manage a website to share information, tools and strategies on
MPAs, and provide access to a complete list of MPAs in U.S. waters. The
President also directed federal agencies to work closely with local, state,
territorial, tribal and other stakeholders to strengthen existing MPAs and
build a scientifically-based, comprehensive national system of MPAs.
The first version of MPA.GOV provides a variety of services such as (1)
general information on the role of MPAs ocean and coastal management, (2) a
virtual library of references on MPAs, and (3) the beginnings of a
comprehensive inventory of U.S. marine protected areas. The site will be
updated as new material is available, and will provide reports on progress
towards a building a comprehensive system of marine protected areas.
We hope the site is useful to a broad range of interests, from educators
and students to managers, scientists, policy makers, fishermen, boaters and
other users of ocean and coastal resources. We welcome suggestions on how
to improve the web site.
Public input is also requested on two issues related to completing a list
of all U.S. MPAs (see section on MPA Inventory). The issues are (1) the
proposed criteria for defining an MPA, and (2) the proposed
data/information to be provided on each MPA. Our goal is to develop a list
of U.S. MPAs that is a valuable resource and tool for managers, users, the
public and others. Input is requested on what kind of information on each
MPA site to include in the database, and how to clearly interpret the
definition of MPAs provided in the Executive Order.
Table of Contents for MPA.GOV:
What is a Marine Protected Area?
What MPAs Provide the Nation.
The National MPA Initiative
An Inventory of MPAs
The MPA Library
The MPA Center
The MPA Advisory Committee
Agency Progress Reports
Animal Protection Institute
P.O. Box 22505
Sacramento, CA 95822
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