It is important that threatened, vulnerable and sensitive species and habitats are given sufficient protection so that our seas can thrive. Sustainable use of the seas means that environmental and conservation problems are best understood by working closely with those who live and work, day in and day out, on the seas. A well founded and shared understanding of problems is fundamental to then developing solutions to manage impacts that are likely to yield to practical, viable solutions, whilst avoiding unintended consequences. Working with the grain of people’s livelihoods where possible is more likely to generate more enduring environmental outcomes. The NFFO engages with government and works with various partners to facilitate bottom-up solutions to environmental problems in this way.
Developing a participatory approach to the management of fishing activity in UK offshore Marine Protected Areas
14 May 2020
Successfully involving the fishing sector and stakeholders in decision-making over the management of fisheries in marine protected areas (MPAs) is important to their overall effectiveness and sustainable management of our seas. The results of a new project including new tools and approaches to use when establishing, evaluating and adapting fisheries management measures in MPAs aims to help achieve just that.
New research to aid sustainable fisheries management in Marine Protected Areas
20 January 2016
Scientists now have a better understanding of the level of fishing activity that can be carried out within Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and still remain compatible with conservation objectives thanks to new research.
HPMA Selection Process Rigged to Harm Fishing Communities
The government’s process to select Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs) needs a rethink. It is deliberately relegating human use issues to a second tier to be considered only once sites have been identified exclusively based on a set of ecological criteria. Instead, it should prioritise the search for sites that fulfil ecological criteria in areas where there are synergies with existing human uses of the marine environment.
Climate Smart Fisheries: Protected Areas or Sustainable Livelihoods?
Adapting to climate change and reducing dependence on fossil fuels is something that the fishing industry, along with every other part of the economy is going to have to address. Some NGOs are making the argument that the solution lies with more marine protected areas. However, going all-out on MPAs as a “cure-all” for our seas risks perverse outcomes and real harm to coastal fishing communities. Dale Rodmell argues the case for a more cooperative approach that illuminates pathways to sustainable marine livelihoods that can deliver much more, and in the long run, be more adaptive to climate change.