MCA Toolkit

Field Projects

This section of the toolkit presents information on a diversity of Marine Conservation Agreement (MCA) field projects and begins to establish an inventory of MCAs. The MCA field projects serve as examples of how and where in-water projects can be undertaken. Sample documents such as leases and deeds are provided for some projects. Relevant publications are also provided.

MCA Field Project Inventory

The inventory below represents a collection of known projects that meet the definition of an MCA. Our goal is to identify and inspire at least 500 MCA field projects throughout the world as a means to establish the validity, replicability, scope, scale and positive impact of MCAs. If you know of new field projects, or additional information regarding the projects already identified, that should be considered for inclusion in the inventory, please Contact Us.

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No.CountryProject SiteAgreement TypeStatusDurationSize   (acres)Type of ActivityProtected Marine FeatureLead Organization
1BelizeAbalone Caye Island, Port HondurasManagement AgreementCompleted 209,280Marine Reserve ManagementMarine HabitatSeacology
2BelizeShipstern Nature ReservePurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual5,400Nature Reserve ManagementSaline Lagoon, MangrovesInternational Tropical Conservation Foundation
3BelizePort HondurasMemorandum of Under-standingOperational 102,400Marine Reserve Management Toledo Institute for Development and Environment
4BelizeGladden Spit and Silk CayesMemorandum of Under-standingOperational 26,000Marine Reserve Management Southern Environmental Association Belize/Friends of Nature
5BelizeSapodilla CayesMemorandum of Under-standingOperational 43,000Marine Reserve Management Toledo Association for Sustainable Tourism and Empowerment
6ChileNavidad, Isla Juan FernándezManagement AgreementOperational  Community Stewardship / MPAFishPontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
7ChileMontemarConcessionOperational 3Research Universidad de Valparaiso
8ChileMehuinConcessionCompleted  Research Universidad Austral
9ChileLas CrucesConcessionOperational 12Research, Preservation Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile
10ChilePunta ColosoConcessionOperational 227Research Minera Escondida Limitada
11ChileLengaConcessionOperational 20Research Universidad Catolica de la Santisima Concepcion
12ChileAntofagastaConcessionOperational 42Research Universidad de Antofagasta
13ChileHerraduraConcessionOperational 106Research Universidad Catolica del Norte
14ChileQuintayConcessionOperational 1Research Universidad Andres Bello
15ChuukEpinup VillageManagement AgreementOperational25 years200Conservation Area ManagementMangrovesSeacology
16Chuuk Management AgreementConcept    OneReef
17Colombia  Proposed  Community Stewardship / MPA Conservation International
18Cook IslandsManihiki AtollManagement AgreementOperational30 years72Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
19EcuadorGalera-San FranciscoManagement AgreementOperational  Community Stewardship / MPAFishConservation International, NAZCA
20FijiCoastal VillagesCommercial Production AgreementCompleted  Community Stewardship /
LMMA
Nearshore HabitatUniversity of South Pacific – Fiji
21FijiDakuniba VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years24,711Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
22FijiLaselase VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years17,297Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
23FijiLevukai Daku VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years19,200Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
24FijiLobau, Veivatuloa, Wailoaloa VillagesManagement AgreementCompleted 4,942Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
25FijiMarou, Malevu, Somosomo VillagesManagement Agreement 20 years9,884Fishing Preserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
26FijiNacamaki VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years494,211Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
27FijiNaikorokoro VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years10,880Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
28FijiNakaunasele VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years8,320Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
29FijiNavolau VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years370,658Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
30FijiNukuvou VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years14,826Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
31FijiSila VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years24,710Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
32FijiViana VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years7,413Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
33FijiVuna VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years1,483Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
34FijiVuna VillageManagement AgreementOperational20 years1,527Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
35FijiWaisomo VillageManagement AgreementCompleted5 years7,040Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
36FijiYasawa I Rara VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years51,200Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
37IndiaKavarathi IslandManagement AgreementProposed10 years500Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
38IndiaMinicoy IslandManagement AgreementOperational10 years2,471Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
39IndonesiaPapuaLeaseOperational  AquacultureMarine AreaAtlas South Seas Pearls
40IndonesiaPapuaLeaseOperational25 years50,000Ecotourism/NTZ CreationFish & other Marine OrganismsMisool Ecoresort
41IndonesiaAsmatsManagement AgreementCompleted 448,000Fishing Grounds EnforcmentMarine FishSeacology
42IndonesiaBunakenManagement Agreement  395Local Managed Marine Area ManagementMarine HabitatSeacology
43IndonesiaManado TuaManagement AgreementCompleted 5No-take Zone Creation; Coral Reef RestorationCoral ReefsSeacology
44IndonesiaManado Tua Satu VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years160Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
45IndonesiaMolas, Meras, Tongkeina, Bahowo VillagesManagement AgreementCompleted 160Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
46IndonesiaPinasungkulan VillageManagement AgreementCompleted 36No-take Zone Creation Mangroves, Coral ReefsSeacology
47IndonesiaPulau BanyakManagement AgreementProposed 1,665No-take Zone Creation Mangroves, Coral ReefsSeacology
48IndonesiaTogean IslandsManagement AgreementCompleted 3,200No-take Zone Creation Coral ReefsSeacology
49IndonesiaKofiau, Raja Ampat, PapuaManagement AgreementOperational10 years41,360Marine Reserve CreationMangroves; coral reefsSeacology
50IndonesiaPalau, Helen ReefManagement AgreementInitiated20 years   OneReef
51IndonesiaPenemu and Bambu Conservation AreaMCA ContractOn-going25 years70,000 km2Marine Conservation Area (NTZ) ManagementMarine HabitatSea Sanctuaries Trust
52KiribatiPhoenix IslandsLicenseOperational 99,000,000MPAMarine HabitatNew England Aquarium, Conservation International
53KosraeLelu IslandManagement AgreementOperational20 years300Conservation
Area Creation
Mangroves, Coral Reefs, SeagrassSeacology
54Marshall IslandsAiluk AtollManagement AgreementOperational10 years209Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
55MexicoBaja California, Gulf of CaliforniaLeaseInitiated  Fishing ModificationsVaquitaWorld Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy
56MexicoBaja California, Gulf of CaliforniaPurchase & Sale AgreementInitiated  Fish Reduction, No-trawl Zone CreationVaquitaWorld Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy
57MicronesiaYapManagement AgreementConcept    OneReef
58PalauEbiil ChannelManagement AgreementCompleted 2,560Conservation
Area Management
Marine HabitatSeacology
59PalauNgemai ReefManagement AgreementCompleted 256Conservation
Area Management
Marine HabitatSeacology
60PalauNgardmauManagement AgreementCompleted 618Conservation
Area Management
Marine HabitatSeacology
61Papua New GuineaKimbe BayManagement AgreementCompleted 2No-take Zone ManagementMarine HabitatSeacology
62Papua New GuineaKimbe BayManagement AgreementCompleted 75Locally-Managed Marine Area ExpansionMarine HabitatSeacology
63Papua New GuineaSariba IslandManagement AgreementOperational10 years13Conservation
Area Creation
Mangroves, SeagrassSeacology
64PhilippinesCentral VisayasManagement AgreementOperational50 years Community StewardshipMangrovesPhilippines Department of Environment & Natural Resources
65PhilippinesEl NidoManagement AgreementCompleted 2,000No-take Zone CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
66PhilippinesEl NidoManagement AgreementOperational25 years470Marine Protected Area CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
67PhilippinesJandayanManagement AgreementCompleted 150Marine Protected Area CreationMangroves, Coral Reefs, SeagrassSeacology
68PhilippinesBarangay San Pedro, Municipality of Biri, Northern SamarManagement AgreementOperational 25No-take Zone CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
69PohnpeiLenger IslandManagement AgreementCompleted 960Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
70SpainCanary IslandsConcessionProposal  Ecotourism/NTZBayCanarian Association for a Sustainable Ocean
71SpainSantander and Camargo, Alday InletConcessionOperational 29RestorationIntertidal Marsh HabitatNaturaleza y Hombre Foundation
72SpainGarrafConcessionProposed 193Marine Park CreationArtificial ReefAcciónnatura 
73SpainGirona, Ses Negres Management AgreementCompleted  No-take Zone Management Nereo
74TanzaniaZanzibar, ChumbeManagement AgreementOperational10 years74Ecotourism/MPACoral ReefsChumbe Island Coral Park
75TanzaniaZanzibar, Southwest CoastManagement AgreementConcept 116,000Marine Protected Area ManagementCoral ReefsChumbe Island Coral Park
76ThailandTrang ProvinceManagement AgreementCompleted 4,040Habitat ProtectionMangroves, SeagrassSeacology
77United StatesRhode Islands, Salt PondsInformal AgreementOperational  RestorationShellfish & SeagrassSalt Ponds
Coalition
78United StatesCalifornia, Central CoastLeaseCompleted3 years1,200ResearchKelp/FishThe Nature Conservancy
79United StatesCalifornia, Central CoastLeaseOperationalPerpetual Fishing ModificationFish and Deepwater HabitatThe Nature Conservancy
80United StatesLouisiana CoastLeaseConcept  RestorationShellfishThe Nature Conservancy
81United StatesTexas, Galveston BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual2,346RestorationShellfish & SeagrassGalveston Bay Foundation,
The Nature Conservancy
82United StatesConnecticut, Neck RiverLeaseOperational5 years2RestorationShellfishMadison Shellfish Commission
83United StatesOregon, Netarts BayLeaseProposal  RestorationShellfishThe Nature Conservancy
84United StatesOregon, Port of AlseaLeaseConcept  RestorationEstuaryThe Nature Conservancy
85United StatesCalifornia, Richardson BayLeaseOperational50 years900PreservationEstuaryRichardson Bay Audubon /
California Audubon
86United StatesFlorida, Sarasota BayLeaseOperational  Nature PreserveNearshore HabitatAudubon of Florida
87United StatesMaine, Tauton BayLeaseConcept  RestorationEelgrassUniversity of Maine, Machias
88United StatesWashington, Woodard BayLease Operational10 years10RestorationShellfishThe Nature Conservancy
89United StatesAlabama, Mobile BayPermitsCompletedShort-term RestorationShellfishThe Nature Conservancy
90United StatesRhode Island, Narragannsett BayPermitsOperational1 year RestorationShellfish & SeagrassSave The Bay,
The Nature Conservancy
91United StatesCalifornia, Central CoastPurchase & Sale AgreementCompleted  Fish Reduction, No-trawl Zone DesignationFish and Deepwater HabitatThe Nature Conservancy
92United StatesMassachusetts, EasthamPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual ProtectionIntertidal LandsThe Nature Conservancy
93United StatesNew York, Great South BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual13,000RestorationShellfishThe Nature Conservancy
94United StatesConnecticut, Long Island SoundPurchase & Sale AgreementConceptPerpetual PreservationShellfishThe Nature Conservancy
95United StatesVirginia, Outer BanksPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual300RestorationShellfishThe Nature Conservancy
96United StatesNew York, Peconic BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual ProtectionEstuarine HabitatThe Nature Conservancy
97United StatesWashington, Port Susan BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual4,122RestorationNearshore HabitatThe Nature Conservancy
98United StatesWashington, Fidalgo BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual530PreservationEstuarine HabitatSkagit Land Trust
99United StatesCalifornia, San Francisco BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual1,000RestorationEstuarine HabitatSonoma Land Trust
100United StatesCalifornia, San Francisco BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual ProtectionEstuarine HabitatMarin Rod & Gun Club
101United StatesCalifornia, San Francisco BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual ProtectionEstuarine HabitatThe Nature Conservancy
102United StatesMassachusetts, Wellfleet BayPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetual234RestorationShellfishMassachusetts Audubon, The Nature Conservancy
103VanuatuDip Point, Wakon CommunityManagement AgreementOperational10 years25Conservation
Area Creation
Brachish Sea LakeSeacology
104VanuatuMarou CommunityManagement AgreementOperational10 years32Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
105VanuatuNasawa CommunityManagement AgreementOperational15 years62Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
106VanuatuPango VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years17Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
107VanuatuSanoa VillageManagement AgreementOperational10 years12Marine Reserve CreationMarine HabitatSeacology
108VanuatuSunae VillageManagement AgreementOperational11 years92Marine Reserve CreationMarine Habitat, MangrovesSeacology
109United KingdomEngland, Wales and Northern IrelandPurchase & Sale AgreementOperationalPerpetualProtectionCoastal HabitatThe National Trust
110MadagascarMassif des Roses   5Seasonal No Take ZoneMarine HabitatReef Doctor
111MadagascarVelondriake   172,974No Take ZonesCoral Reefs, Mangroves, Seagrass, Lagoons, BeachesBlue Ventures
112MozambiqueNorth QuirimbasLeased Management Rights  56,834 Marine HabitatMaluane Initiative
113MozambiqueVilanculosLeased Management Rights 50 years19,768Coastal Wildlife SanctuaryMarine HabitatVinanculos Coastal Wildlife Sanctuary
114SeychellesAride IslandTransfer of Ownership  173No Take Zone Island Conservation Society
115SeychellesCousin IslandTransfer of Ownership  2No Take Zone Nature Seychelles
116TanzaniaMnemba IslandLeased Management Rights  37EcotourismReefs&Beyond Africa
117TanzaniaMisali IslandLeased Management Rights  5,337Conservation Misali Island Conservation Association
118TanzaniaMafia IslandLeased Management Rights  151,970MonitoringTurtle ConservationSea Sense
119IndonesiaGili TrawanganContractOperationalOpen ended255Fishing RestrictionsCoral ReefsGili Eco Trust
120MalaysiaSugud IslandsLeaseOperational30 years114,400Protected Area ManagementCoral ReefsReef Guardians
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