The National Marine Park of Zakynthos (N.M.P.Z.) is the recently established marine park situated at the southern most part of the island of Zakynthos. The Presidential Decree for the establishment of the N.M.P.Z. was signed on the 1st of December 1999 by the President of the Greek Republic. Within the Marine Park is the most important loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta nesting rookery in the Mediterranean, a habitat essential for protection.
The Marine Park's objectives are to preserve the natural environment and conserve the ecological balance of the marine and coastal area of the Bay of Laganas and of the Strophadia Islands, as well as the development of activities aiming at the protection of nature and the landscape in the wider area of Zakynthos.
Objectives of NMPZ is the protection and conservation of:
Also, the objectives include the development of activities, compatible with the above, such as:
The National Marine Park of Zakynthos was the first legislated Protected Area in Greece managed by a Management Agency and it serves as an example for other regions of Greece that require comprehensive management.