A portal to visualize spatial data, 

and inform the coastal user.

The Coastal Portal

The Coastal Portal is an initiative to provide users with clear access to information and data related to the functions and activities that take place in the Belgian part of the North Sea and the Belgian coastal zone.

This portal offers:

· Interactive map products in a viewer
· Static map products in PDF format
· Downloadable metadata
· Useful web links tailored to each theme
· Information about sea, beach, dunes and polders

In this way, the Coastal Portal aims to function as a central referral portal to the multitude of sources of information about the Belgian sea area and the coastal zone.


Human Activities

From energy to tourism, the sea and our coast are the backbone of many activities.

Marine Life

The Belgian coast is of great importance for a diverse mix of biota, habitats and ecosystems.


The characteristics of the seawater and the subsoil determine both marine life and human use.

The Belgian Coast

  • What do we understand by "the coast"?
  • What does the Belgian part of the North Sea look like?
  • Which municipalities belong to "the coast"?
  • Who has what authority?


CoastSnap is a global "Citizen Science"-project where locals and tourists use their mobile devices to take pictures of the beach on a fixed position, that allows researchers to study the beach growth or erosion rate. 

New anomaly maps show a decline in shipping activity in the Belgian part of the North Sea and the Western Scheldt in 'februari-april' 2020 vs 2019, at least partly related to the corona crisis.
The static maps were updated to match the upcoming new marine spatial plan, that comes into force from 2020 onwards.

58 infographics that highlight the state of fish stocks exploited in Belgian fishery have been receiving an overhaul based on newly released data for 2018 and 2019. 

Sea levels are rising faster than expected: Can we keep our heads above water?
Mysterious blue glow at the Belgian and Dutch coast. Magic sea spark: what is it?

Are cruise ships visiting Flemish seaports also causing trouble or are Venetian scenarios unthinkable here?