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 & Contact

Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Sagrario Arrieta Algarra
Coordinadora de Área
División para la protección del Mar
D.G. Sostenibilidad de la Costa y del Mar
Ministerio de Agricultura y Pesca, Alimentación y Medio Ambiente
Pza. San Juan de la Cruz s/n, Desp A-810
28071 Madrid
Tfno: 915975565



Last Update 05.10.2018