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Marine Regions

Marine Regions is a register of geographical areas and place names. It offers a standard for maritime boundaries and marine areas and locations. Marine Regions combines information from the VLIMAR Gazetteer and the VLIZ Maritime Boundaries Geodatabase. The VLIMAR Gazetteer is a database with geographic, mainly marine names such as seas, sandbanks, seamounts, ridges, bays or even standard sampling stations used in marine research.  The Maritime Boundaries database represent the Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) of the world. Marine Regions is used as the geographic backbone in different data-and information systems.


More information on the system, the webservices and statistics are available on the website.

Some examples of application:

  • WoRMS: online worldregister for marine species
  • SCAR-MaRBIN: portal on Antarctic marine biodiversity
  • ScheldeMonitor: portal on research and monitoring in the Scheldt Estuary
  • EMODnet biology: portal for marine biodiversity data sampled within Europa
  • LifeWatch: virtual laboratory for marine biodiversity research

Contact: of Lennert Schepers