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European Atlas of the Seas

The European Atlas of the Seas provides information about Europe’s marine environment. Users can view predefined and ready to use maps, covering topics such as environment, tourism, security, energy, transport, litter, sea bottom, fishing activity, aquaculture, and much more.

Users can also benefit from an enriched catalogue with more than 250 map layers, covering a wide range of topics, to explore, collate and create their own maps. These maps can be printed, shared and embedded in articles or presentations. The Atlas is the ideal tool for schools, researchers and professionals, or anyone wishing to know more about the European seas and its coastal areas.

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Each week, a new “Map of the week” highlighting an interesting map layer is showcased in the Maritime Forum. Dive in and explore your Ocean!

Teachers' corner
Are you a teacher or an educator interested in ocean literacy? The teachers’ corner of the European Atlas of the Seas contains exercises for different age groups as well as communication tools. It is an open platform where you can find and share information, educational material, inspirations and much more!

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Map of the Week – Catches by fishing zone

The map of the week shows the total volume of fish and shellfish catches in each of the major fishing zones in 2018. Click on a particular zone to see how catches have evolved over the last two decades.

Last update: 23/10/20

Map of the Week – Marine Natura 2000 sites

This week saw the 2020 European Natura 2000 Award Ceremony. Discover, with the European Atlas of the Seas, where marine Natura 2000 sites are located!

Last update: 16/10/20

Map of the Week – Monthly drifting buoy trajectories

The map of the week is featuring the trajectories that drifting ocean observation buoys have completed in the last month.

Last update: 09/10/20

Map of the Week – Fishing fleet by type of gear (1990-2018)

Dive into the Map of the Week to learn about the distribution of different fishing gear used by the fleets of European Union and European Economic Area countries.

Last update: 02/10/20

Map of the Week – EMODnet Bathymetry world base layer

The map of the week shows the new EMODnet Bathymetry world base layer.

Last update: 25/09/20

Map of the week - Members of the new EU4Ocean Platform on ocean literacy

The map of the week shows the organisations, projects and people engaged in ocean literacy across Europe who have joined the new EU4Ocean Platform.

Last update: 18/09/20

Follow the lead of EU Commissioner Sinkevičius and #ExploreYourOcean in 24 languages!

Even more informative and accessible, discover the new European Atlas of the Seas

Last update: 16/09/20

Map of the Week – Education in cities and greater cities

The map of the week shows the number of higher education students in European cities.

Last update: 11/09/20

Map of the Week – Ferry Routes

The map of the week shows the active European ferry routes.

Last update: 04/09/20

Map of the Week – Beach Litter – Plastic Bags

The map of the week shows the number of plastic bags per 100 m stretch of beach along the European coasts.

Last update: 28/08/20

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