Marine Protected Areas in the UK

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The JNCC MPA mapper is an interactive resource containing information on the marine protected areas (MPAs) designated in UK waters. Further information on these sites can be found on the JNCC Marine Protected Areas page.

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) provides scientific advice on MPAs in offshore waters (beyond 12 miles from the coast). A summary of each site is available by clicking within the site boundary. For all the MPAs in offshore waters there is a Site Information Centre with full details of the site. The Site Information Centre can be accessed from the MPA Mapper by clicking on the site name in the information pop-up.
Along with MPA boundaries for all MPAs, the mapper includes information regarding the distribution of the protected features for offshore MPAs. A summary of mapping products underlying these layers and update schedules are available on the Habitat Mapping Products webpage.

If a layer can be downloaded, a green button with an arrow will be present next to the layer name. Layers from MPA mapper can be viewed on other web mapping portals or desktop GIS systems using Web Map Service (WMS). Help with using the various tools can be found on the MPA mapper help page and FAQs.

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Marine Protected Areas

SACs with Marine Components  

  SACs with marine components Help Download layer

SPAs with Marine Components  

  SPAs with Marine Components Help Download layer

Marine Conservation Zones  

  Marine Conservation Zones Help Download layer

Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas  

  Nature Conservation Marine Protected Areas Help Download layer

Marine Nature Reserves  

  Marine Nature Reserves Help  

OSPAR MPAs  

  OSPAR MPAs Help Download layer

Other Area Based Measures

  Other Area Based Measures (Scotland) Help  

Species

Nature Conservation MPAs  

  Protected Fish Help  
  Protected Molluscs Help  
  Fish - wider Scottish distribution Help  
  Molluscs - wider Scottish distribution Help  

Habitats

Special Areas of Conservation  

  Protected potential Annex I reefs Help  
  Protected Sandbanks which are slightly covered by seawater all of the time Help  
  Protected Submarine structures made by leaking gases Help  
  Potential Reef - wider UK distribution Help Download layer Adjust Transparency
  Sandbanks - wider UK distribution Help Download layer Adjust Transparency
  Submarine structures made by leaking gases - wider UK distribution Help Download layer Adjust Transparency

Nature Conservation MPAs  

  Protected Deep Sea Sponge Aggregations Help  
  Protected Seamount communities Help  
  Protected Offshore Subtidal Sands and Gravels - points Help  
  Protected Mud Habitats - points Help  

Ecological Process Features

Nature Conservation MPAs  

  Protected Large Scale Features Help   Adjust Transparency
  Large Scale Features - wider Scottish distribution Help   Adjust Transparency

Geodiversity Features

Marine Conservation Zones  

  Protected Glacial Process Features - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Protected Marine Process Features - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Protected Geological process Features - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Glacial Process Features - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Marine Process Features - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Mass Movement Features - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Features Indicating Past Change in Sea Level -points Help  
  Features Indicating Past Change in Sea Level - lines Help  
  Features Indicating Past Change in Sea Level - polygons Help   Adjust Transparency
  Geological Process Features - points Help  

Nature Conservation MPAs  

  Protected Quaternary of Scotland - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Protected Submarine Mass Movement - line Help   Adjust Transparency
  Protected Submarine Mass Movement - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Protected Marine Geomorphology of the Scottish Deep Ocean Seabed - line Help   Adjust Transparency
  Protected Marine Geomorphology of the Scottish Deep Ocean Seabed - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Protected Cenozoic Structures of the Atlantic Margin - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Protected Marine Geomorphology of the Scottish Shelf Seas - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Quaternary of Scotland - line Help   Adjust Transparency
  Quaternary of Scotland - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Submarine Mass Movement - line Help   Adjust Transparency
  Submarine Mass Movement - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Marine Geomorphology of the Scottish Deep Ocean Seabed -line Help   Adjust Transparency
  Marine Geomorphology of the Scottish Deep Ocean Seabed -polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Seabed Fluid and Gas Seeps - points Help   Adjust Transparency
  Seabed Fluid and Gas Seeps - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Cenozoic Structures of the Atlantic Margin - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency
  Marine Geomorphology of the Scottish Shelf Seabed - polygon Help  
  Coastal Geomorphology of Scotland - points Help   Adjust Transparency
  Coastal Geomorphology of Scotland - line Help   Adjust Transparency
  Coastal Geomorphology of Scotland - polygon Help   Adjust Transparency

Offshore SAC survey data

Habitat Map  

  Site-specific habitat maps (EUNIS) Help   Adjust Transparency

Still images  

  Still images Help  

Grab samples  

  Grab samples Help  

Administrative Boundaries

  12nm territorial seas limit Help  
  UK Exclusive Economic Zone Help  
  UK Continental Shelf designated area Help  
  Official Country Waters Help  
  Charting Progress 2 Biogeographic Regions Help   Adjust Transparency
  OSPAR Regions Help   Adjust Transparency