Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Internal waters: approximately 199 km²
  • Territorial waters: approximately 3,830 km²
  • Contiguous zone: approximately 10,762 km²
  • Continental shelf: approximately 75,779 km²
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: Malta has not yet declared any EEZ
  • Fisheries Management Conservation Zone, which extends to 25 nm from the baselines from which the breadth of the territorial waters is measured: approximately 11,480 km²

Which marine spatial plans exist?

The Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (2015) constitutes the national Maritime Spatial Plan and formulates the strategic spatial policy framework for environment and development up to 2020.

Legal framework

The main legislative act for spatial planning in Malta is the Development Planning Act of 2016 which also addresses development at sea. Subsidiary legislation under this Act is being prepared for the transposition of Directive 2014/89/EU. The Strategic Plan for Environment and Development (2015) is the overarching document  for planning issues on land and at sea in an integrated manner.


Planning Authority

Ms. Michelle Borg – Unit Manager


Environment and Resources Authority/Environmental Assessment Unit

Ms. Josianne Abela Vassallo

Last updated: April 2021
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