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Marine Park of the Azores

Sea basin


Habitats: coastal/offshore

Single MPA or MPA network

Designation type

 Size (km2)

North East Atlantic Ocean



Single MPA

National MPA and Natura 2000

34 245 km²

Main pressures on the environment


Fishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Best practices from this site

Management plans were developed with the support of the community and interested parties by incorporating the different interests and points of view. The management plans create sound instruments and implement participatory and inclusive management in this MPA.


Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences

Bob Rumes