marine protected area

[ muh-reenpruh-tek-tid air-ee-uh ]

  1. a designated marine region officially managed for the long-term conservation of its natural resources, ecosystems, or cultural heritage and often facilitating such public services as recreation, research, and education. Abbreviation: MPA

Origin of marine protected area

Fitrst recorded in 2000–05

Words Nearby marine protected area Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023