Our seas are pressed for space. There is an increasing demand for it by a growing number of activities that are steadily increasing their intensity. Activities such as fishing, extraction of raw materials, shipping, tourism, aquaculture, but also installations to produce energy from renewable sources are all competing for space at sea. All these activities and more, must be managed in a coordinated and coherent way. Maritime Spatial Planning aims to do this following an ecosystem-based approach that ensures the achievement of Good Environmental Status of our seas. But are EU Member States’ maritime spatial plans sufficient to deliver on this?
Last updated on 09 June 2022