The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and IUCN have launched the Marine Protected Planet Interactive - the world’s most authoritative and ambitious platform for information about ocean protection. As of September 2017, Marine Protected Areas cover 6.35% of the ocean.
Facts and figures about Marine Protected Areas (MPAs):
- 23 million km² (or 6.35%) of the ocean are covered by Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), a ten-fold increase since 2000 when the area covered by MPAs was approximately 2 million km² (or 0.7%) of the Ocean.
- 14 million km² of MPAs have been added since 2010, driven in a large part by the expansion of existing sites, and creation of very large new sites.
- The 10 largest sites cover over 50% of the area covered by marine protected areas.
- Recent accelerated designation of MPAs focused on national waters (39% of the global ocean) – at 0.25% the High Seas are poorly covered by MPAs