The Celtic Sea, a region of the Atlantic between south-west Britain, southern Ireland and Western France, is one of the most heavily used seas on the planet. People depend on it for food, energy and their livelihoods and the area is home to a variety of important breeding birds, seals, dolphins and whales – even turtles are spotted in these waters.
Today, pollution, shipping and fishing have put the area under threat and it needs protection, so that it can become a healthy, well-managed ecosystem, where marine wildlife can thrive and human activities are sustainable in the long-term.
To achieve this WWF, in part funded by our Forever Fish campaign, is taking an innovative ‘ecosystem approach’, which considers all the elements within that system: living and non-living, as well as the diverse human impacts. This shift away from traditional management should result in a more workable future, where resources are available to humans without compromising the health of the environment.
The project, named PISCES* (Partnerships Involving Stakeholders in the Celtic Sea Ecosystem), is the first to translate marine policy into practical guidelines for different industries across a multi-national area. These will give guidance to people who use and work in the Celtic Sea as well as support to the governments on how to ensure a sustainable approach to managing the marine environment.
We’re delighted that the money we raise through our food carrier bag charging is helping to fund such a valuable piece of work, and other initiatives.
*PISCES is funded with contribution by EC LIFE+