Definitions and Glossary
The definition of terms used in connection with Marine Conservation Agreements (MCAs) are often very specific to organizations, countries and U.S. states. However, terms are used in this toolkit as generically and inclusively as possible. Given this, it is essential that organizations understand generic terms but also know and use the locally accepted vernacular for specific project areas.
As agencies and organizations in specific countries and U.S. states are approached, it is critical to be flexible in the use of terminology for several reasons:
- Different terms are often used to describe the same thing
- Similar terms are often used to describe different things
- Terms are sometimes used inconsistently and incorrectly
The definitions found in the pages listed below are provided to help organizations understand many of the terms relating to MCAs. If you encounter new terms or discover that explanations of terms in this toolkit are incorrect, please Contact Us.