MPA Dataset Attributes List

The attributes in the table below are coded for each site in ProtectedSeas' MPA dataset.

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Coding in progress. Not included in Esri tools / services.

Field Type Description / Value(s)
Site ID text ProtectedSeas-assigned unique identifier
Site Name text Site name
Zone Name text Zone name
Website text URL link to the most relevant webpage about the site
Country text Country
State text State
Managing Authority text Agency(s) with presiding jurisdiction over this site
Level of Government text Agency(s) level of government: Federal; State; Provincial; Local; Territorial; Partnership; Private
Designation text Specific site type (e.g. National Marine Sanctuary)
Categories text/number See Categories Table
S-57 Cateogory number S-57 Category (reference website here)
IUCN Category text IUCN Protected Area Category; ‘Unassigned’ if no value found or not applicable
WDPA ID text WDPA-assigned unique identifier for site; 0 = Area not included in WDPA
Year Established number Year the site was first established
Purpose text 2-4 sentences explaining what is special about this marine area; number of habitats and endangered species
Restrictions text Lists prohibited or entirely banned marine-­related activities (fishing, dumping, pollution, anchoring, boating) and outlines restricted commercial and/or recreational fishing activities
Allowed text Lists allowed marine-related activities, including associated licenses/permits if applicable
Regulation Name text Name of the relevant regulation that established the site
Regulation URL text URL(s) of relevant regulation(s)
Season text Year Round; Seasonal; Temporary; Unknown
Effective From date Date restrictions begin, if seasonal
Effective To date Date restrictions end, if seasonal
Report Violations text Email, phone number, or text to reach relevant agency with jurisdiction over this marine area
Latest Updates text Email, phone number, and/or mailing lists to receive the latest updates on regulations regarding removal of marine life
Protection Focus text Protection focus (unknown; ecosystem; focal species; water quality)
Species of Concern text General categories of species that are of interest or concern
Removal of Marine Life text/number Allowed subject to general regulations (1); Mostly allowed (2); Moderately allowed (3); Mostly prohibited with exceptions (4); Completely prohibited (5); Not Yet Coded (null)
Entry text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Speed text/number Prohibited (i.e. no transit) (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Discharge text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Diving text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Removal of Historic Artifacts text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Stopping text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Anchoring text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Landing text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Dragging text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Dredging text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Industrial or Mineral Exploration text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Construction text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Drilling text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Overflight or Drones text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Tribal Exemptions text/number Yes (0); No (1) ; Not Yet Coded (null)
Bottom Trawling text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Gillnetting text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Hook And Line text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Trolling text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Nets text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Traps And Pots text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Spear Fishing text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Longlining text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Miscellaneous Gear text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Recreational Fishing text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Commercial Fishing text/number Allowed (0); Prohibited (1); Restricted (2); N/A or Unknown (3); Not Yet Coded (null)
Other Helpful Links text/number Other helpful URL links related to site
Last Attributes Update date Date of the most recent site attributes update
Site Location text/number Marine (site is either completely or partially offshore); Coastal (does not go past coastline - no offshore water); Island; Terrestrial (site is inland)
Boundary Source text/number Source of site boundary data
Modification Level text/number Unmodified; Boundary Coastline Simplified for Display; Boundary Simplified for Display; Boundary Digitized Using Best Available Data
Total Area - sq. km number Total area of site (terrestrial & marine components)
Percent Marine Area number Percentage of site area that is marine
Total Marine Area - sq. km number Total marine area of site -> total_area (percent_marine / 100)
Last Boundary Update date Date of the most recent site boundary update

Categories Table

Note: Only U.S. sites currently contain category coding. A single area can be coded with multiple categories.

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Not yet coded.

ID Category Name Definitions
1 IUCN MPA Areas that have been assigned an IUCN protected area category
2 OECM Other Effective Area-Based Conservation Measures (OECM) Areas, as defined by IUCN
3 Fisheries Management Area Areas that restrict fishery activities to enable long-term extraction
4 Water Quality / Human Health Area Areas that are focused on protecting an area's good water quality or limit take of marine life due to health concerns (e.g. pollution)
5 Recreational Area Areas that focus on recreational activities, including state & local parks, swimming areas, and shipwrecks
6 Vessel Restricted Area Areas that restrict boating speeds, entry (either restricts or prohibits operation of a power-driven vessel or a vessel driven by electrical propulsion), or both
7 Vessel Reporting Area Areas that require vessels to report when they enter them
8 Voluntary Conservation Measure Area
9 Jurisdictional Authority Area EEZs, territorial seas, & other state/provincial waters