Topic Notes

The UK Marine Protected Areas centre has been developing a series of 'Topic Notes' on Marine Protected Areas. The Topic Notes cover subjects relevant to Marine Protected Areas worldwide, with an emphasis on Marine Protected Areas in the UK. If you have any ideas for Topic Notes you would like to see on the website, or would like to contribute a Topic Note to this project, please contact us at info(at)

Please note that information contributed in each topic note is assumed to be correct at the time of writing but may have been superceded or outdated by more recent research, policy or opinion.

Topic Notes

History of MPAs in the UK (PDF format - 460 KB)

Codes of Practice for research in Voluntary Marine Conservation Areas (PDF format - 922 KB)

Types of MPA in the UK (PDF format - 84 KB)