Celtic Sea could be blueprint for sustainable oceans
Marie Hounslow, PISCES Communications Officer,
Tel: +44 7986 313 970
- PISCES (Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem) has brought together stakeholders from the Celtic Sea to develop a practical guide on implementing the ecosystem approach in the context of the European Union (EU) Marine Strategy Framework Directive.
- Funding: PISCES is a €2 million project which has been funded with the contribution of over €1 million from the LIFE+ financial instrument of the European Community. LIFE is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment. Most of the remaining funding was provided by WWF-UK and The Environment Council.
- The Celtic Sea, in the north-east Atlantic Ocean, has a long maritime heritage and supports many economically significant industries and activities. It is an extraordinarily productive sea, hosting varied habitats and a wealth of biodiversity (including many commercially important species). The project area forms part of the Celtic Sea under the jurisdiction of the UK, France and Ireland (see map). Other member states also have interests there (e.g. international fisheries, shipping etc.).
- Ocean pressures: The ocean, seas and coasts are under severe strain. Up to 70 per cent of people rely on fish as their primary source of protein and more than 90 per cent of our trade is carried by shipping, yet only 1 per cent of the world’s seas are protected. More than 46,000 pieces of plastic litter are floating on every square mile of ocean. Fish caught accidentally amounts to approximately 25 per cent of all of those caught, and 761 marine species are on the verge of global extinction.
- Partner Information: This project is being delivered by WWF-UK in partnership with The Environment Council and WWF Spain with support from country technical leads SeaWeb in France and The Coastal & Marine Research Centre in Ireland.
- WWF is one of the world's largest independent conservation organisations, with more than five million supporters and a global network active in more than one hundred countries. We're working to create solutions to the most serious environmental issues facing our planet, so that people and nature can thrive. Through our engagement with the public, businesses and government, we focus on safeguarding the natural world, tacking climate change and changing the way we live.
- Partner websites: WWF www.wwf.org.uk; The Environment Council www.the-environment-council.org.uk; SeaWeb www.seaweb.org; The Coastal & Marine Research Centre, University College Cork http://cmrc.ucc.ie