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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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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 – 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

Map of the Week – Maerl Habitats

The map of the week shows the modelled spatial distributions of maerl beds across the Mediterranean Sea.

Last update: 21/08/20

Map of the Week – Marine sediment extraction

The map of the week shows the locations in European waters where marine sediments are extracted as well as the end-use of the extracted material

Last update: 14/08/20

Map of the Week – Fishing fleet by gross tonnage

The map of the week shows the total vessel weight (in gross tonnage) of the fishing fleet in EU and EEA countries in 2018.

Last update: 07/08/20

Map of the Week – Predicted climate change impact on the Atlantic cod habitat

The map of the week shows the predicted loss, preservation (refugia) and gain in the habitat of Atlantic cod (Gadus morhua) under a business-as-usual climate change scenario.

Last update: 31/07/20

Map of the Week – Population in cities

The map of the week shows the population in European cities in 2018 and demographic changes by sex and age group.

Last update: 24/07/20

Map of the Week – Fish catches by country

The map of the week shows the volume of fish caught (in tonnes of live weight) in 2018 by EU and EEA member states as well as the UK and Turkey

Last update: 17/07/20

Map of the Week – #EUBeachCleanUp

This map of the week shows the locations of the #EUBeachCleanUp events, the number of participants and how much trash was removed from the marine environment.

Last update: 10/07/20

Map of the Week – Algae production facilities

The map of the week features the algae production facilities in Europe.

Last update: 03/07/20

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