The Benefits of Marine Protected Areas

  • Allows ecosystems to recover and reestablish after natural or human impacts
  • Fostering healthy marine ecosystems can lead to increased seafood production, good water quality, and coastal protection from events like hurricanes
  • Supports fisheries inside and outside of the MPA as species move in and out of the area
  • Protects significant habitats
  • Creates opportunities for education and research
  • Provides potential for recreation and tourism to grow
  • Protects areas that have cultural significance so that they can be enjoyed by future generations