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What is MarineMap?

MarineMap is a web-based tool that allows users to draw prospective Marine Protected Areas and receive immediate feedback on the protections and impacts afforded by the drawn proposal. Users can then adjust the proposal or share it with others. To see MarineMap in action, take the online tour.

What are Marine Protected Areas?

Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are areas of the marine environment — both underwater terrain and water column above — that have been legally designated for conservation purposes. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) defines six categories of MPAs, some of which allow fishing or other recreational or commercial uses.

What are the benefits of using MarineMap?

  • MarineMap allows users to collaborate on ideas and proposals for marine planning.
  • With MarineMap, users need no Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training to be able to participate in sophisticated marine planning.
  • The MarineMap code is open source and adaptable to situations and environments around the world.

What is the technology that powers MarineMap?

The MarineMap open source technology stack includes PostGIS, GeoServer, GRASS, GeoDjango, Python, Extjs, and the Google Earth API.

How can I download the MarineMap source code?

The MarineMap source code is issued under the the BSD license and available for download from Google Code.

How can I download the data in MarineMap?

All of the data in MarineMap for the California MLPA Initiative are stored in an ArcSDE geodatabase. If you have ArcGIS 9.3, you can access the data by simply creating a new Spatial Database Connection with the following parameters:

service: 5151
database: mlpa

username: guest
password: guest

We also export the contents of the geodatabase to shapefiles on a monthly basis. You may access these shapefiles, packaged as zip files, via the Web:

In addition we also have a KML file containing links to all of the data currently displayed on the North Coast MarineMap application.  The most current KML can be accessed by visiting:

How much does it cost to deploy MarineMap?

The cost of developing MarineMap and deploying it for a new geography and planning process depends on a number of factors. Please contact us for more information.