Marine Protected Areas

ELI is working to enhance marine protected area management in the United States, the Caribbean, and beyond.

Publications & Resources

Legal Tools for MPA Enforcement

This Handbook is a new resource for countries seeking to improve enforcement of their existing MPAs or to write legal instruments for the creation of new MPAs with an eye on compliance and enforcement. The handbook presents a variety of legal tools to improve MPA enforcement and compliance, together with sample legal provisions that countries may use to implement these reforms through national legislation, international agreements, or other instruments.

Policy Brief: State and Local Authority for Marine Protection

Well designed state and local laws can protect marine resources that are essential for the economic and environmental health of coastal areas. Our Policy Brief provides an overview of the MPA landscape in the United States, in order to support sustainable marine protection policies.

Legal Frameworks for MPA Enforcement in the Caribbean: Challenges and Opportunities

Enforcement is a critical element of MPA design and implementation that requires explicit legal authority. Our report presents a comparative assessment of enforcement provisions in fisheries and national parks legislation in eight Caribbean nations.

Evaluating MPA Laws

See the Ocean Program's framework for understanding and assessing MPA laws from the July/August issue of the Environmental Forum.

State-by-State Summary and Report: State and Local Authority for Marine Protection

Our state-by-state report provides assessments of authority for marine protection, which is essential for effective governance of marine resources.

Workshops & Events

Upcoming ELI Events

As part of our Ocean Seminar Series, we periodically host seminars on topics related to marine protected areas. Check this page often for updates to our seminar schedule.

Past ELI Events

View our "Past Seminar" page for details about previous ELI seminars on topics related to marine protected areas and other ocean issues.