This catalogue includes information on the metadata of datasets used by Member States in the updated Good Environmental Status assessments carried out under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and reported to the European Commission from 2018 onwards. Only those metadata conformant with ISO/TS 19139:2007 are harvested and displayed in the tool.

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In many cases Member States have pointed to datasets made available by the Regional Sea Conventions, that include their national data. More information and guidance on how to publish datasets under the MSFD is available in the document ‘MSFD Recommendations for publication of datasets under Article 19(3)’ and its Annexes, in the MSFD 2018 reporting resources page.