There are a number of policies that are interlinked with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Directive 2008/56/EC), either mentioned in the main text of the Directive, or in the Commission Decision (EU) 2017/848.

In the case of the eutrophication and contaminants assessments, in coastal and territorial waters the criteria shall be used in accordance with the requirements of Directive 2000/60/EC (in the territorial waters, only the contaminants assessments apply). In the case of the biodiversity assessments, the overall status of species covered by Directive 92/43/EEC shall be derived using the method provided under that Directive. On top of this, the Marine Protected Areas are considered key spatial protection measures that can contribute preserving the marine ecosystems.

In the present dashboards, assessments on the ecological and chemical status under the WFD, as well as the conservation status of marine species and habitats under the Nature Directives, and the coverage of MPAs in EU waters are presented in a dynamic format, to allow the users explore, use and download the data and figures in different ways.