The United Nations Environmental Programme’s World Monitoring Centre has published an online database with information about marine protection. The New Zealand government has established Marine Protected Areas for preservation via regulations on fishing and cables – decisions are made by a collaboration of the Ministry of Fisheries and the Department of Conservation. Although New Zealand’s system has been subject to some criticism due to the lack of scientific expertise in the decision process: http://sciblogs.co.nz/science-life/2010/02/02/science-in-danger-of-being-diluted-in-marine-reserve-decisions/
In the US, California’s Marine Life Protection Act Initiative, established in 2004, operates by a memorandum: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/mlpa/pdfs/mou121906.pdf
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