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Vlakte van de Raan MPA

Sea basin


Habitats: coastal/offshore

Single MPA or MPA network

Designation type

 Size (km2)

North East Atlantic Ocean

The Netherlands


Single MPA

Natura 2000

190 km²

Main pressures on the environment


Fishing and Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing

Maritime traffic

Tourism and recreation

Dredging and dumping

Best practices from this site

Despite heavy pressure from tourism and fisheries, four areas in the Vlakte van de Raan Natura 2000 area have been closed to all forms of active bottom-disturbing fishing via the Fisheries Implementation Regulations for the purpose of studying the effects of shrimp fishing and beam trawling.


Royal Belgian Institute for Natural Sciences

Bob Rumes