Country information

Basic facts on marine waters
  • Territorial sea (12 NM): 50 957 km²
  • Exclusive Economic Zone: 1 660 456 km²
  • Extended continental shelf: 2 400 000 km²
Strategic documents related to MSP
  • National Strategy for the Sea (ENM 2013-2020)
Technical resources related to MSP

Overview of MSP related maritime uses

Current main uses:

Ammunition storage sites Nature conservation
Aquaculture Offshore renewable energy
Cables and pipelines Ports
Coastal protection Scientific research
Fisheries Shipping
Military Tourism and Leisure

Which marine spatial plans exist?

Legal framework

The MSP process was approved by parliamentary law. Subsequently, the Portuguese government developed specific legislation for its implementation:

  • In April 2014, Law No. 17/2014 settled the basis of spatial planning and management policy for all the Portuguese maritime space, including the continental shelf beyond 200 nautical miles
  • Decree-Law no. 38/2015, published on 12 March 2015 (updated by Decree-Law No.139/2015), established the format and applicability of the maritime spatial plan and transposed to national law the European Directive on Maritime Spatial Planning (Directive 2014/89/EU)


Directorate General for Maritime Policy

Conceição Santos – Deputy Director General for Maritime Policy

Last updated: June 2020
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