An area with a rich heritage...

a wealth of vibrant marine life

...and a chance to protect it for the future.

About the Plymouth Sound & Tamar Estuaries

From iconic views and a diverse abundance of marine life, to its proud naval heritage and long history of maritime exploration and research, the Plymouth Sound & Tamar Estuaries Marine Protected Area (MPA) is a unique place that balances commercial interests, defence, travel, recreation and conservation. It is an area of international marine importance and we all play a part in preserving it, now and for the future.

Yacht & Motorboat - c. B Siddons

The Plymouth Sound &
Tamar Estuaries

All about the marine protected area,  its heritage, and how & why it is protected.

Snakelocks anemone c. Paul Naylor

Protecting Our
Marine Environment

There are some major threats that impact our MPA, but there are also things we can all do to help.



A selection of maps showing environmental designations, fishing restrictions, and navigational information.

Image Gallery


Visit our gallery, packed with photos and more information about what can be found in and around the MPA.

2018 Guide for Small Craft

Your guide to the MPA

Plymouth Sound & Tamar Estuaries Guide for Small Craft

Download our guide to enjoying the MPA out on the water, with important information about safely navigating around the MPA, facts about the local marine environment, areas of interest and how you can help to sustain the area for future generations.

Be Aware!

There are strong currents and tides throughout the marine site.

Please take care and make sure you check the tide times before you enter the water.