Overview of MSP related maritime uses

  • Current main uses:

    • Tourism
    • Fisheries
    • Shipping
    • Aquaculture
    • Ports
    • Mineral extraction
    • Offshore renewable energy production
  • Challenges:

          - Maritime traffic in Strait of Gibraltar

          - High marine biodiversity in Alboran Sea under pressure from:

- shipping

- land-based water discharges

- tourism

- overfishing

- sand extractions (not Spain)

          - Marine protected areas

          - Dumping

          - Underwater cultural heritage

          - Maritime rescue

          - Scientific research

  • Future uses:

    • Offshore renewable energy production

Which maritime spatial plans exist?

There are currently no maritime spatial plans in existence in Spain.

MSP legislation

  • Spain has recently adopted the Royal Decree 363/2017 of 8 April establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning, that transposes into Spanish legislation the Directive 2014/89/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 July, establishing a framework for maritime spatial planning.
  • The Inter-Ministerial Commission on Marine Strategies (CIEM) was created in 2012 and it is a body for coordination between Ministerial Departments of Central State Administraiton. It was established by the Royal Decree 715/2012 of 20 April 2012.
  • Competencies on maritime and coastal affairs are shared between central and regional governments.
  • Finally, the Spanish law 41/2010 lays out the general principles for planning the marine environment through the preparation, adoption and implementation of the Marine Strategies.

National MSP authority

Ms. Ainhoa Perez Puyol
Technical Director, Division for the Protection of the Sea
General Directorate of the Protection of the Coast and Sea
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment



Last Update 02.05.2017