Marine Protected Areas in the UK

This interactive map contains information on Marine Protected Areas in the UK. At the moment there are 108 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) with marine components, 108 Special Protection Areas (SPAs) with marine components, 28 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), 30 Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas (NCMPAs) and one Marine Nature Reserve*. Together these protect 16% of our waters.

JNCC and the four country conservation agencies have an ongoing programme of work to identify new Marine Protected Areas to create an ecologically coherent network. Further information on the ongoing work to identify Marine Protected Areas in the UK is available on our website.

* There are also Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Ramsar sites that protect marine areas and will be included in the MPA network. These areas will be displayed on the Interactive Map in due course.

Marine Protected Areas

SACs with Marine Components  

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SPAs with Marine Components  

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Marine Conservation Zones  

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Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas  

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Marine Nature Reserves  

  Marine Nature Reserves Help  


  OSPAR MPAs Help  

Annex I Habitats


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Sandbanks slightly covered by seawater all the time  

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Submarine structures made by leaking gases  

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Administration boundaries  

  12nm territorial seas limit Help  
  UK Exclusive Economic Zone Help  
  UK Continental Shelf designated area Help  

MPA project areas  

  Secretary of State waters Help  
  Welsh territorial waters Help  
  Scottish waters Help  
  Northern Irish territorial waters Help  

Offshore SAC survey data

Still images  

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Grab samples  

  Grab samples Help  

Multibeam data  

  Multibeam Echosounder imagery Help  

Habitat Map  

  Site-specific habitat maps (EUNIS) Help  

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