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Monty Halls to launch new ecosystem approach guide in London

5 November 2012

Monty Halls, BBC2’s The Fisherman’s Apprentice, will launch a new guide on 7th November 2012 that aims to help improve our fractured relationship with the oceans.

Focused on the Celtic Sea and the Western Channel (in the northeast Atlantic), the guide explores what is needed to implement the so called “ecosystem approach”; a way of making more sustainable decisions about how we use and interact with the natural world.

Monty said: “I’m really looking forward to supporting the launch of the PISCES guide. I’m a passionate believer in what it is saying; that we need to look after our seas and involve those whose livelihoods depend on it in their management. It should be an informative and fun evening”.

The timing of the PISCES guide is perfect; as European countries are currently the using the ecosystem approach to develop strategies for improving the condition of our seas, as required under European law (the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive).

Uniquely, the guide represents ‘the voice of stakeholders’, having been developed through an innovative Celtic Sea-wide partnership of sea-users from the UK, Ireland, France and Spain.

Dr. Lyndsey Dodds, who managed the PISCES project, said: “the commitment and enthusiasm of everyone involved has been remarkable. It just highlights how interested sea-users are in working together to manage our seas more sustainably”.

The Celtic Sea exemplifies the problems faced in today’s busy oceans – marine industries jostling for space and resources, declining fish stocks and increasing degradation of marine habitats and species. This is bad news for wildlife, for marine industry, for everyone.

Toby Roxburgh, who led the development of the PISCES guide, explains that: “the ecosystem approach emphasises that we are part of the ecosystem; we both affect it and we depend on it. In practice, this means managing our activities in a joined up way, maintaining ecosystem services and involving stakeholders in the process. If we get it right, it should mean more viable marine industries, prosperous coastal communities and a healthy marine environment for generations to come”.

The event is expected to be well attended by government, key industry/sea-user groups research projects, NGOs and UK members of the project team.

Read the full agenda and RSVP for the London launch event.


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