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Vlaamse Banken

Sea basin


Habitats: coastal/offshore

Single MPA or MPA network

Designation type

 Size (km2)

North East Atlantic Ocean



Single MPA

Natura 2000

1099 km²

Main pressures on the environment


Fishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Maritime traffic

Tourism and recreation

Infrastructure development (coastal and offshore)

Dredging and dumping

Climate change

Main Challenges

A crucial challenge within this site is the development of human activities in adequation with nature conservation objectives.


Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences

Steven Degraer