Marine waters

This map draws on information provided by the Member State to represent its marine waters, according to Article 3(1) of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC). This map is for illustrative purposes only and should not be considered as the official boundary delimitation between neighboring countries. Jurisdictional borders are the sole responsibility of Member States. The European Commission and European Environment Agency have no responsibility on this matter.

Marine waters in km2

Adriatic Sea 55,492

Croatia is part of the following Regional Sea Convention(s):

Marine waters per country

40.5% of the total country area (land & marine)

Marine waters per capita

1.36 ha per capita
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Status of the marine environment

Croatia has assessed the environmental status of a number of features per descriptor under the 2018 update of MSFD Article 8, which were reported electronically to the European Commission. The following dashboard shows the marine waters' area where, for those features, the Good Environmental Status has been achieved, not yet achieved or is unknown or not assessed.

Status of marine species and habitats

No information from the period 2007-2012 is available for Croatia, since the country became a member of the EU in 2013. The information from the period 2013-2018 will be made available in the second half of 2020.

Ecological and chemical status of transitional, coastal and territorial waters

The ecological status of the water bodies is based on biological quality elements and supported by physico-chemical and hydromorphological quality elements. On the other hand, the good chemical status is achieved when no concentrations of priority substances exceed the relevant EQS established in the Environmental Quality Standards Directive. The results reported by Croatia on the first and second River Basin Management Plans are presented in the dashboard below.

Status of bathing waters in transitional and coastal sites

The bathing waters sites are monitored under the Bathing Water Directive in regards to the values of two microbiological parameters (Intestinal enterococci and Escherichia coli) and the results are reported on a yearly basis to the European Commission. Where a bathing water is classified as 'poor', Member States should take measures such as banning bathing or advising against it, providing information to the public, and taking suitable corrective actions. The dashboard displays the results reported by Croatia, where in 2019 most of the bathing waters were excellent or good.