Maritime Affairs

European Atlas of the Seas

European Atlas of the Seas

European Atlas of the Seas

The European Atlas of the Seas is an easy and fun way for professionals, students and anyone interested to learn more about Europe's seas and coasts, their environment, related human activities and European policies. It was developed to raise awareness of Europe's oceans and seas, in the context of the EU's integrated maritime policy. The atlas offers a remarkably diverse range of information about Europe's seas, for example:

  • Sea depth and underwater features
  • Coastal regions geography and statistics
  • Blue energies and maritime resources
  • Tide amplitude and coastal erosion
  • Fishing stocks, quotas and catches
  • European fishing fleet
  • Aquaculture
  • Maritime transport and traffic
  • Ports' statistics
  • Maritime protected areas
  • Tourism
  • Maritime policies and initiatives
  • Outermost regions

The atlas exists in English, French and German.

13 January 2017
New release of the European Atlas of the Seas!
29 November 2016
A new Maritime Spatial Planning Project added to the European Atlas of the Seas!

The Maritime Spatial Planning layer has been updated with the addition of a new project, SIMCelt, It is a cross-border project involving partners from the UK, Ireland and France.It aims to support cooperation between Member States on the
implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive in the Celtic

Geographic extent of SIMCelt

Maritime Spatial Planning is about planning when and where human activities take place at sea – to ensure these are as efficient and sustainable as possible. Maritime spatial planning involves stakeholders in a transparent way in the planning of maritime activities.

07 November 2014
Updated version of the Bathymetry Layer
26 June 2014
Maps on maritime traffic by port updated

The 2 maps on maritime traffic by port have been updated with 2011 and 2012 data from Eurostat.
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