Territorial waters Continental shelf

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 2,253
Aegean-Levantine Sea 304,198
Ionian Sea and Central Mediterranean Sea 182,069
TOTAL 488,520

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

Marine waters per country

78.7% of the total country area (land & marine)

Marine waters per capita

4.56 ha per capita
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Status of the marine environment

Greece has not yet finalized the reporting under the MSFD 2018 electronic reporting exercise.

Status of marine species and habitats

The information reported by Greece for the period 2007-2012 are not published yet. The dashboard will be updated in the second half of 2020 with the data for the periods 2007-2012 and 2013-2018.

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 Greece 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 Greece, where in 2020 most of the bathing waters were excellent or good.