• The Belgian part of the North Sea is 3,454 km2 and is therefore often called our 11th province.
  • More than 1/3 of our North Sea is a protected nature area ... the largest in Belgium!
  • The porpoise, the common and the grey seal and the seabirds are protected species.
  • The sandbanks, gravel beds and benches of shellfish worms are protected habitats in certain zones.
  • More than 200 shipwrecks are scattered all over the seabed.
  • A marine spatial plan coordinates the activities at sea (shipping, fishing, sand extraction, tourism, energy production, etc.) with respect for each activity and for marine life.
  • 800,000 families are supplied with electricity produced on our North Sea.