Marine Protected Areas
Through the law 979/1982 (art. 25-31), the Marine Natural reservoirs were introduced in Italy. They were defined in this way (art. 25): "The natural marine reservoirs are constituted by the marine environment, given by the waters, the depth and the facing coastal stretches that present a relevant interest for the natural, geo-morphological, physic, biochemical with a particular look on marine and coastal flora and fauna and for the scientific importance, ecological, cultural, educative and economical characteristics that they hold". The laws 979/82 and 349/91 have individuated 46 marine areas of particular naturalistic value, where to conduct studies on the possibility of an eventual following institution of marine reservoirs. Up until today there have
been instituted 20 aree marine protette (Protected Marine Areas).