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The North Sea is a marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean located between Great BritainScandinaviaGermany, the NetherlandsBelgium, and France. An epeiric (or "shelf") sea on the European continental shelf, it connects to the ocean through the English Channel in the south and the Norwegian Sea in the north. It is more than 970 kilometres (600 mi) long and 580 kilometres (360 mi) wide, with an area of around 570,000 square kilometres (220,000 sq mi).

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Get to know the EU4Ocean Platform founding members

76 organisations, initiatives and individuals have joined the EU4Ocean Platform as founding members.

Last update: 02/07/20

Become a Member of the Youth4Ocean Forum

Not a member of the Youth4Ocean Forum? You are welcome to view the information and resources on the Youth4Ocean Forum without logging in. If you would like to add content, resources or events, share your ideas or exchange with other members in the discussion forum, you are welcome to create your EU Login and get member of our online community. We are looking forward to getting you onboard!

Last update: 20/05/20

Working Groups of the EU4Ocean Platform

The EU4Ocean Platform members will work in Working Groups (WGs) to focus on particular themes/topics, including: Climate and Ocean, Food from the Ocean and Healthy and Clean Ocean.

Last update: 16/04/20

Show us your interest to become a European Blue School

The ocean is a fascinating world to discover, especially for young people. By joining the Network of European Blue Schools and taking part in the “Find the Blue Challenge”, you can embark on a journey with your students and help them to become responsible adults who care for the ocean.

Last update: 07/04/20

Learn more about the Network of European Blue Schools

How are we connected to the ocean? All people on Earth are directly or indirectly connected to the ocean in a variety of ways: through what we eat, breathe and use, where we go on a holiday. The ocean is our planet's life support system - and it needs our protection. This Network of European Blue Schools aims to inspire teacher, school director or staff of education services, to challenge their students, from kindergarten, primary, lower and upper secondary, technical or vocational schools, to develop a “Find the blue” project that links them to the ocean or the sea. By successfully completing the project and sharing its results, schools will receive the European Blue School label.

Last update: 07/04/20

Become a Member of the EU4Ocean Platform

The EU4Ocean Platform is intended as an inclusive network of stakeholders willing to be actively engaged in connecting existing ocean literacy activities in Europe and shaping future actions. Nevertheless, the EU4Ocean Platform is a membership-based Platform, requiring interested stakeholders to apply through the online application form. This is a fast process, with an expected two working weeks turn-around for approval.

Last update: 06/04/20

Learn more about the EU4Ocean Platform

The EU4Ocean Platform will be a focal point for organizations and initiatives to connect, collaborate and mobilize efforts on ocean literacy. The EU4Ocean Platform will offer a dynamic topic-oriented working environment that stimulates collaboration, exchange of practices and dialogue across the many different target groups leading to the creation of new ocean literacy partnerships and innovative actions, co-designed by organizations and youth.

Last update: 06/04/20

As an educational professional, share your opinion and help us to develop a Network of European Blue Schools

The EU4Ocean Coalition invites you to participate in an international survey that addresses teachers, school managers, staff from ministries of education and professionals in marine science education. The objective of this survey is to involve experienced educational professionals, and to understand the gaps and needs on ocean topics in school curricula. On the basis of the results a handbook will be developed that will support your work.

Last update: 17/03/20

Take part in our interviews to develop the Youth4Ocean Forum

Are you between 16 and 30 years old and passionate about the Ocean? Do you live by the Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean, the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea or the Arctic? We would like to hear your ideas for the development of our Youth4Ocean Forum.

Last update: 05/03/20

Are the marine data in the North Sea fit for purpose?

It is difficult to ascertain the value of a dataset until the data itself are visible, highlighting serious deficiencies with the metadata. Also, although there may not appear to be a data gap at first sight, the detailed analyses uncover gaps which do exist

Last update: 01/02/18