Some general facts
- 23 out of 28 EU countries have a coastline.
- The EU's coastline is 7 times as long as the US' and 4 times as long as Russia's.
- The EU's maritime regions are home to almost half its population and account for almost half its GDP.
- In terms of surface area, there is more sea than land under the jurisdiction of EU countries.
- Including its outlying regions, the EU has the world’s largest maritime territory.
European Atlas of the Seas
The European Atlas of the Seas provides direct access to information about European seas (available in English, German and French). The maps cover 8 main themes:
- Nature – bathing water quality, protected areas, etc.
- Tourism – museums, aquariums, etc.
- Security and safety – major oil spills, accident density, etc.
- People and employment – coastal population, employment in the fishing industry, etc.
- Transport and energy – shipping for goods and passenger transport, etc.
- Governance and European policies – fisheries local action groups (FLAGs), regional advisory councils (RACs), etc.
- Fisheries and aquaculture – fishing quotas, state of fish stocks, fish farms, etc.
Other sources of maritime information on this website
SAVE THE DATE: Blue growth in the Baltic: Kick-off Conference of Maritime Stakeholder Platform in the Baltic Sea Region, Kiel, Germany, 26-27 March 2015
The Commission adopted in May 2014 a "Sustainable Blue Growth Agenda for the Baltic Sea Region". It calls for a stakeholder-driven, cross-Baltic approach to innovation, sustainability, skills and qualifications.
European Maritime Day 2015 Conference : Registration is open
The largest annual maritime conference in Europe will be held in Piraeus (Greece) on 28 and 29 May 2015.
Register for the Erasmus Mundus Master Course on Maritime Spatial Planning!
Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is being implemented in all 23 EU coastal member states and in an increasing number of countries around the world.