European Atlas of the Seas
The European Atlas of the Seas, launched in 2011, provides open access to a variety of global and European maritime and geographical datasets covering eight main themes:
- Nature – bathing water quality, protected areas
- Tourism – museums, aquariums
- Security and safety – major oil spills, accident density
- People and employment – coastal population, employment in the fishing industry
- Transport and energy – shipping for goods and passenger transport.
- Governance and European policies – fisheries local action groups (FLAGs), regional advisory councils (RACs)
- Fisheries and aquaculture – fishing quotas, state of fish stocks, fish farms
The Atlas is continually updated with revised and additional datasets provided by the contributing departments, agencies and international organisations including UNESCO, FAO, USDA FSA, USGS, NOAA, Esri and IHQ. Some of the datasets are available to download in shapefile and KML format, and the accompanying metadata provide details on the data sources referenced.