EC publishes atlas of European seas and oceans –

EC publishes atlas of European seas and oceans Published:  10 June, 2008

The EU has close connections with the sea

IN light of the growing importance of maritime affairs on the political agenda of European Member States, a new political geography has been created.

The European Union has very close connections with the sea.

Its 27 Member States have shores on two oceans and four seas and their jurisdictional waters stretch from sub-tropical waters to areas approaching the North Pole.

Supported by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science, Juan Luis Suárez de Vivero and Juan Carlos Rodríguez Mateos have developed an Atlas of the European seas and oceans to record this new geography in maps and graphs.

In addition to territory-related issues, the atlas includes a summary of all the main marine uses and activities from a European perspective.

The European Commission (EC) has published an English version of the atlas with the permission of the authors and in line with the strategy proposed in An Integrated Maritime Policy for European Union (The Blue Book) (October 2007).

A copy of the atlas (~7Mb) can be downloaded from: is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.