These are the sources that are feeding data into our Portal. They have accepted to collaborate with us for no other reason than to make their data available to the widest possible number of users. Thank you!

Aggregate Extraction
Commercial Shipping, Recreational Shipping
Information to follow
Cultural Heritage



Ship Wrecks

EMODnet Bathymetry, EU

Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes



Protected Areas

European Environment Agency (EEA), EU

State of bathing waters

European Environment Agency (EEA), EU

Hydrocarbon Extraction

Active Licenses

Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency, HR
Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, IE
Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK
Energistyrelsen, DK
ENMC - Entidade Nacional para o Mercado de Combustíveis, PT
Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie, DE
Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire - Direction générale de l’énergie et du climat (DGEC), FR
Ministero dello Sviluppo Economico - Direzione Generale per le risorse Minerarie ed Energetiche, IT
Ministriy for Transport and Infrastructures - Continental Shelf Departement, MT
Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda - Hydrocarbons Department, ES
Oljedirektoratet, NO
Polish Geological Institute, PL
Rijkswaterstaat Noordzee and TNO, NL


Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières, FR
Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency, HR
Danish Energy Agency, DK
Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment, IE
Department of Energy & Climate Change, UK
Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, NL
ENMC - Entidade Nacional para o Mercado de Combustíveis, PT
Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME), ES
Geological Survey of Montenegro, ME
Jarðfeingi - Faroese Geological Survey, FO
Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie, DE
LBEG Geozentrum Hannover, DE
Latvian environment geology and meteorology centre, LV
Ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire - Direction générale de l’énergie et du climat (DGEC), FR
Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), Directorate-general for mineral and energy resources, IT
Ministry of Energy, Commerce, Industry and Tourism, CY
Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, EL
Ministry for Transport and Infrastructure - Continental Shelf Department, MT
Norwegian Petroleum Directorate, NO
Oil & Gas Authority, UK
Polish Geological Institute, PL
TNO, Geological Survey of the Netherlands, NL

Offshore Installations

Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency, HR
Marine Traffic
Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), Directorate-general for mineral and energy resources, IT

Major Ports


Ocean Energy Facilities
Other Forms of Area Management/Designation
Waste Disposal
Wind Farms

Please keep an eye on this page, as it will be updated constantly!



COGEA was founded in 1979, born out of the experience of its Partners acquired in Auditing, Certification and Management Consulting multinational companies. Since then the activities performed by COGEA have gradually focused on areas relating to the programming and management of initiatives co-financed by the EU, and COGEA is now a leading company in Italy in the spheres of technical assistance, programming, evaluation, management and monitoring of programmes and actions co-financed with EU Structural Funds.

Since 2010 COGEA has also become a European leader in the conceiving and development of several studies and evaluation carried out mainly for DG AGRI (of which is an official evaluator) and DG MARE. Specialised in collating and harmonising data from different sources, some notable projects of the past few years include the design and implementation of the European Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture products (EUMOFA), the Study on Blue Growth, Maritime Policy and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea, the Study to Support the Development of Sea-basin Cooperation in the Mediterranean, the Adriatic and Ionian, and the Black Sea, the Study on differentiated infrastructure charging in EU ports, and the Study to establish a framework for collecting and processing maritime economic data.

COGEA has proven experience in the handling of relations with collective interest organisations, having collaborated for years, as part of Community programming, with leading business and trade organisations, at both an EU, national and regional level.


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AND International

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AND International is an independent consulting company, created in 1976, working exclusively in the food sector (agriculture, fisheries, aquaculture, processing industry, distribution, services). Its experts provide private and public decision-makers with market intelligence and strategic advice for 35 years.

AND International has a wide expertise of the EU fisheries and aquaculture sector and specializes on three main activity fields: socio-economic and market analysis, environmental studies and evaluation of public policies.

AND International has been involved in many evaluations and surveys concerning CFP Instruments: fisheries structural funds since 1994 (FIFG 1994-1999, FIFG 2000-2006, EFF 2007-2013, EMFF), Common Organisation of the Markets, specific EU interventions in the Outermost Regions... in behalf of DG Mare or national authorities. Its experts are currently participating to strategic surveys aiming at the implementation of the Integrated Maritime Policy (Baltic Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Sea).

AND International is also involved in data collection and observatories in the fisheries and aquaculture sector (EUMOFA project, Data collection in the processing industry).


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AZTI Tecnalia

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AZTI is a private non-profit research foundation, created in 1981. The Marine Research Division has 130 staff members. Topics covered include marine monitoring and quality assessment, marine management, implementation of EU policy, marine spatial planning, socio-economics, ocean renewable energies, energy efficiency in maritime transport, fishing technology, fish stock assessment, aquaculture, physical and biological oceanography, marine dynamics and modelling, marine environmental systems, and climate change.

AZTI has participated in numerous public (international, national and local) tenders regarding the above-mentioned topics. AZTI has also been coordinator of 10 EU research projects and active participant in over 59 EU-funded projects of different topics, tasks and objectives. AZTI is playing a central role in the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, the Water Framework Directive, the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, and the Integrated Maritime Policy.

As an interdisciplinary organization, AZTI holds a very good database on marine environment and socio-economics of the maritime sectors, especially those interacting in the Bay of Biscay. This information has been widely used across different projects aimed at providing assessment and responses regarding EU policies, alternatives and opportunities in the maritime sector, climate change, environmental status of marine waters, etc. To obtain this information, AZTI has carried out intensive fieldwork campaigns as well as developed relationships with the different and diverse maritime stakeholders.


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CETMAR is a non profit foundation created in 2001.

CETMAR aims for sustainable and competitive maritime and fishing sectors, using inter-agency coordination and interdisciplinary integration of marine research at European and international levels.

CETMAR facilitates the participation of companies in development and innovation activities, strengthen links between institutions involved in research and technological development and generating knowledge for policy makers and the marine and maritime industry in marine environment and resources, marine technologies, technology promotion and transfer, fisheries socioeconomics, seafood technology, training and international cooperation.

Currently employs 54 professionals with an extensive experience in project management and coordination of R&D, being involved in the main reference programmes and contracts in its fields (Framework Programmes, Contract services with DG-MARE and DG-Environment, etc.) and implementing international cooperation in more than 35 countries.


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Eurofish International Organisation

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EUROFISH is an international organisation and a leading source of marketing and trade support for fish producers and exporters in Central and Eastern Europe, and more broadly in the European region, focusing on post-harvest fisheries and aquaculture industries.

EUROFISH contributes to the development of the fisheries sector through the publication of marketing and industry related information in the EUROFISH Magazine, the EUROFISH website and EUROFISH Magazine website, and other specialised publications.

Through the organisation of conferences, workshops and seminars, and by executing a variety of projects in the fields of trade, marketing, processing and aquaculture, EUROFISH assists governments and the industry to develop trade and cooperation in a sustainable and environmentally sound manner and to explore new opportunities in neighbouring Central and Eastern European, Mediterranean, and Balkan nations, as well as countries of the Caucasus.

EUROFISH is a frequent consortia partner and has extensive experience in international and regional projects and studies in the region. These include: the European Observatory for Fisheries and Aquaculture products (EUMOFA); study on Blue Growth, Maritime Policy and the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea; Study to Support the Development of Sea-basin Cooperation in the Mediterranean, the Adriatic and Ionian, and the Black Sea; EcoFishMan - implementation of a new integrated fisheries management system based on increased stakeholder involvement; AQUAFIMA - Integrating aquaculture and fisheries management towards a sustainable regional development in the Baltic Sea Region.

EUROFISH is a member of the worldwide FISH INFO Network which comprises six intergovernmental organisations coordinated by FAO-GLOBEFISH. These include INFOPESCA in Latin America, INFOFISH in Asia and the Pacific, INFOPECHE in West Africa, INFOYU in China, and INFOSAMAK in Arab countries, in addition to EUROFISH in Central and Eastern Europe.

In addition to the FAO's Fisheries and Aquaculture Department and GLOBEFISH, EUROFISH has agreements and/or is partner of European, regional and national institutions, associations, research institutes and individual enterprises. Examples include the General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM), European Aquaculture Technology Platform (EATiP), Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council.


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Lovell Johns

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Lovell Johns Limited is a provider of Cartographic and Geographic Information Services (GIS).

Activities are divided into four closely related areas;

  • provision of end-to-end GIS services (data sourcing, data capture, spatial database design, consultancy, software implementation)
  • application development of tools for map production and map data manipulation
  • development and design of web mapping solutions
  • cartographic design of printed and digital mapping

In terms of GIS solutions and web mapping services, Lovell Johns are an Esri Business Partner but are an independent GIS solutions provider and increasingly use Open Source technologies.

Lovell Johns have provided both cartographic and GIS solutions to many European Commission DGs for over 20 years, including working as part of consortium arrangements. The business employs 20 staff and was established in 1965. The business is jointly owned by David Stephens and Liz Murray who purchased the company from Times Media Group in 2014.


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About Human Activities

The Human Activities portal was not included in the first phase of EMODnet, and its development only begun in September 2013. Nonetheless, in the previous EMODnet phase, the Human Activities team caught up with the other portals, and now work towards providing a seamless multi-resolution digital map of European waters, with the highest resolution possible.

EMODnet Human Activities aims to facilitate access to existing marine data on activities carried out in EU waters, by building a single entry point for geographic information on 14 different themes. The portal makes available information such as geographical position, spatial extent of a series of activities related to the sea, their temporal variation, time when data was provided, and attributes to indicate the intensity of each activity. The data are aggregated and presented so as to preserve personal privacy and commercially-sensitive information. The data also include a time interval so that historic as well as current activities can be included.

The information provided through the portal is collated from a variety of sources, harmonised and made interoperable. Data are free and free of any restrictions, in such a way as to ensure their use from a multitude of stakeholders (policy makers, researchers, students, spatial planners, etc.).

EMODnet Human Activities revolves around a few key principles:

  • It is not a new data collection: the portal simply pools together existing resources. The rationale is that a considerable number of institutions are already collecting reliable data in Europe, and there is no need to duplicate their efforts. Human Activities intends to make the most of what is already available.
  • It is entirely voluntary: all data providers share their data and contribute to achieving the project's objective. Data sources are not being financed to share their data.
  • Data need to be harmonised and interoperable: the added value of Human Activities lies in its capacity to provide standardised information, which could not be found elsewhere in a common format.
  • Data should stay where they are now: contrary to many projects that aim to build their own database, the principle underlying EMODnet is that primary data sources should remain in charge of their data. This means that, where possible, EMODnet encourages sources to provide their data via machine-to-machine connections. In this way, data are not moved to a centralised database, and are maintained by their originators.

At present, EMODnet Human Activities provides data on:

Theme Activity Geographical Type Attributes
Aggregate Extraction Aggregate Extraction


Gravel extracted per year, area of activity
Cultural Heritage Ship Wrecks




Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes


Dredging Dredging


Status (years operational), purpose
Environment Protected Areas

Points and polygons

Legal basis for protection
State of Bathing Waters


Fisheries Fisheries zones


ICES and FAO nomenclature
Fish Catches


Fish Sales


Hydrocarbon Extraction Active Licenses


Status (exploration, exploitation)


Status (exploration, exploitation)
Ofshore Installations


Main Ports Traffic


Mariculture Finfish Production


Species of fish and shellfish; production tonnage per year
Shellfish Production


Species of fish and shellfish; production tonnage per year
Ocean Energy Facility Project Locations


Type, status (planned, under construction, operational)
Test Sites


Other Forms of Area Management/Designation Other Forms of Area Management/Designation


National or international basis
Pipelines and Cables Telecommunication Cables (schematic routes)


Types of cable or pipeline, width
Landing Stations


Telecommunication Cables (actual route locations)


Waste Disposal Dredge Spoil Dumping

Points and polygons

Status (years operational), distance from coast
Dumped Munitions

Points and polygons

Distance from coast, munition type
Wind Farms Wind Farms

Points and polygons

Number of turbines, generation capacity, status (planned, under construction, operational)

The approach adopted is that as far as possible each activity should be covered by a single source that can provide data for all EU sea basins. This makes it possible to obtain complete and already harmonised datasets, thus reducing the risk of data gaps. When it is not possible to have a single source covering an entire activity, of course national and local sources will be surveyed. In addition, as a general rule, EU and other public sources are privileged in order not to duplicate existing initiatives, ensure data continuity and reliability, and provide data with as few restrictions as possible. All datasets available on the portal are complemented with INSPIRE-compliant metadata, so as to provide Human Activities users with complete information on the way data are processed.

About EMODnet

The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is a long term marine data initiative from the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) underpinning its Marine Knowledge 2020 strategy. EMODnet is a consortium of organisations assembling European marine data, data products and metadata from diverse sources in a uniform way. The main purpose of EMODnet is to unlock fragmented and hidden marine data resources and to make these available to individuals and organisations (public and private), and to facilitate investment in sustainable coastal and offshore activities through improved access to quality-assured, standardised and harmonised marine data which are interoperable and free of restrictions on use.

The EMODnet data infrastructure is developed through a stepwise approach in three major phases.

  • Phase I (2009-2013) developed a prototype (so called ur-EMODnet) with coverage of a limited selection of sea-basins, parameters and data products at low resolution;
  • Phase II (2013-2016) - moved from a prototype to an operational service with full coverage of all European sea-basins, a wider selection of parameters and medium resolution data products;
  • Phase III (2016-2020) - is working towards providing a seamless multi-resolution digital map of the entire seabed of European waters providing highest resolution possible in areas that have been surveyed, including topography, geology, habitats and ecosystems; accompanied by timely information on physical, chemical and biological state of the overlying water column as well as oceanographic forecasts.

A vision for the accessibility and interoperability of Marine Knowledge in 2020 was set out in the European Commission's 2012 Green Paper:

"... a seamless multi-resolution digital seabed map of European waters by 2020. It should be of the highest resolution possible, covering topography, geology, habitats and ecosystem. It should be accompanied by access to timely observations and information on the present and past physical, chemical and biological state of the overlying water column, by associated data on human activities, by their impact on the sea and by oceanographic forecasts. All this should be easily accessible, interoperable and free of restriction on use. It should be nourished by a sustainable process that progressively improves its fitness for purpose and helps Member States maximize the potential of their marine observation, sampling and surveying programmes."

Currently EMODnet provides access to marine data from the following themes:

EMODnet development is a dynamic process so new data, products and functionality are added regularly while portals are continuously improved to make the service more fit for purpose and user friendly with the help of users and stakeholders.

The EMODnet family also includes the "Checkpoints", i.e. initiatives that aim to assess the quality of the current observation monitoring data at the level of the regional sea-basins. By testing the data against specific end-user challenges, the checkpoints will demonstrate how well the current monitoring systems and data collection frameworks provides data to meet the needs of users. In doing so, data gaps and duplications as well as significant bottlenecks will be highlighted.

Last but not least, in 2016, the EMODnet Data Ingestion project was launched to identify and to reach out to other potential providers (outside the EMODnet family) in order to make their data sets also part of the total offer. The project aims to streamline the data ingestion process so that data holders from public and private sectors that are not yet connected to the existing marine data management infrastructures can easily release their data for safekeeping and subsequent distribution through EMODnet. This will enrich the total offer for all types of users and conform to the EMODnet motto 'collect data once and use it many times'. For further information, please visit the EMODnet Data Ingestion portal.


EMODnet Central Portal

The EMODnet Central Portal provides access to marine data from the following themes: hydrography, geology, physical parameters, chemistry, biology, and physical habitats. See the EMODnet Central Portal website for more.


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