About Marine Regions

Marine Regions is a standard list of marine georeferenced place names and areas. It integrates and serves geographic information from the VLIMAR Gazetteer and the MARBOUND database and proposes a standard of marine georeferenced locations, boundaries and regions.


32,186 marine georeferenced places
39,858 marine place names
9,811 polygons of geographic places
12 marine geographic regional/global classifications
Maritime Boundaries (EEZ) of the world


A new version (V8) of the World EEZ shapefiles has been released
Added on: 2014-02-28 10:00:29 by Claus, Simon
A new version (V8) of the World EEZ shapefiles has been released. 17 boundaries are updated, including the recently agreed maritime boundary between Chile and Peru. The new version - including a change history - is available via the download page. [Read more]
National Geographic November issue using EEZ from Marineregions
Added on: 2013-10-30 10:32:58 by Claus, Simon
The latest National Geographic Magazine issue is using the EEZ boundaries from Marineregions in the article on Mapping a New America from Robert Ballard.
Marine Regions Webservices launched
Added on: 2013-08-02 11:48:33 by Claus, Simon
As a user or developer you can now use the Marine Gazetteer webservices to feed your own application with the Marine Gazetteer standardized list of georeferenced marine place names and marine areas. Currently, we support both Restful and SOAP methods for accessing the services. [Read more]
Marine Natura 2000 sites available!
Added on: 2013-05-27 14:29:04 by Claus, Simon
The boundaries of the marine and coastal Natura 2000 sites, representing an ecological network of protected areas for Europe are now accessible from marineregions.org. The sites are integrated into the marine gazetteer. Selection criteria used when defining a 'marine' site, was by checking if the site falls (partly) within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the country, based on the version 7 of the high resolution EEZ GIS cover. Currently 2894 marine Natura 2000 sites are available. The GIS boundaries of these sites, defined by the EU Habitat and Bird directives are provided to Marine Regions in real time through a webservice developed by the European Environmental Agency. EEA map services are available here.
The UNESCO Marine World Heritage Sites available through Marine Regions
Added on: 2013-03-14 12:49:27 by Claus, Simon
46 Marine World Heritage Sites, covering ΒΌ of all marine protected areas on the planet are now available through Marine Regions. They are integrated into the marine gazetteer, can be downloaded from the download page, and are available as a WFS service. [Read more]

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