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Quotes from the London launch of the PISCES Guide

Posted by Ashley Clarke on 13/12/12 00:00 AM

Over 50 guests representing all sectors of the marine industry gathered in Westminster recently to celebrate the launch of the PISCES guide to implementing the ecosystems approach management of in the Celtic Sea.

Speakers included Monty Halls (TV personality), Terence Illot (Defra), David Johnson (OSPAR & PISCES Advisory Group), Jeremy Percy (NUTFA & PISCES stakeholder), Alana Murphy (RYA & PISCES stakeholder) and the PISCES team.

Quotes from London

Toby Roxburgh - Policy Liaison Officer on the PISCES project

"Well, the PISCES guide is about the ecosystem approach, which is about changing the way we use and interact with the marine environment, which is, at the end of the day, all about changing human behaviour. Quite frankly, we all have a role to play in the process. So sea users need to carry on implementing their own sustainable solutions to marine issues. They need to continue to get involved, and proactively seek opportunities to be involved in marine policy implementation and management. They need to continue to communicate with each other, for example through the development of stakeholder forums, particularly at the regional seas level, as PISCES is advocating. Lastly, of course, governments have a responsibility for delivering sustainable management of our marine areas, for example through the implementation of marine planning, and of course involving stakeholders at every step in the process."

Professor David Johnson - Executive Secretary of the OSPAR Commission

"I think PISCES, in its three year term, in terms of success, has brought a lot of diverse stakeholders together, and that’s a success in itself. But also the guidelines that they produce are a legacy of the PISCES project, and something that we can share with governments not only in the PISCES area, but a wider area as well."

Monty Halls, marine biologist and broadcaster.

"The PISCES guide has been a bit of a revelation for me. It’s what I've essentially been banging on about ever since finishing working as a fisherman, and going into that as a marine biologist, and realising the tremendous dilemmas that exist around creating sustainable seas."

Jerry Percy - Chief Executive for the New Under Ten Fishermen’s Association

"I think what PISCES shows very clearly is that providing there’s effective stakeholder engagement, and we are actually listened to, and taken account of, rather than representing a threat to the way of life of so many coastal communities, especially fishing based ones, it actually underpins their future, and their sustainability. That’s worth its weight in gold."

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