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With views from a variety of people who use the Celtic Sea*, the PISCES film highlights the competing interests of all users trying to use the limited resource and shows that people’s actions have an impact on each other and on the seas. It presents the benefits of communication between PISCES stakeholders to produce a code of conduct, drawing up guidelines for how the whole ecosystem can be managed in the future.

* includes Western Channel

Views on Stakeholder Engagement from a Marine Spatial Planning Perspective

Heather Ritchie, LLB. MSc, from the School of the Built Environment at the University of Ulster explains her research on the views of stakeholder engagement in relation to Spatial Planning in the marine environment. Originally presented at the PISCES Workshop II in Cork, Heather discusses the involvement of stakeholders in the Irish Sea region.

Smart Oceans Management: Ecology/Economy/Community

When Canada's largest off-shore wind farm was proposed for BC's North Coast, local crab fishermen raised concerns. Dan Edwards and Matt Burns tell how their two sectors are using a marine spatial planning process to figure out how wind energy and crab fishing can share the same ocean space.

Marine Spatial Planning in 10 minutes

A short tutorial introducing the concept of Marine Spatial Planning for the Celtic Sea. This film is particularly useful for people who are new to this subject. The tutorial has been created by adapting a booklet originally created for the Baltic Sea (produced by WWF-Germany).

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A European Vision for the Seas

The sea plays a crucial role in our prosperity and quality of life. To take full advantage of its potential, the sea has to be considered as an inseparable whole. The stakes are greater economic growth, the creation of jobs and protection of the environment. For that reason, the European Commission is launching a consultation on an integrated maritime policy capable of ensuring sustainable development.

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Ecosystem-based management of the NE Atlantic Ocean

David Johnson is Executive Secretary of the OSPAR Commission, an Intergovernmental Convention that takes care of the NE Atlantic Ocean. He is and is also co-chair of the Global Forum Working Group on Ecosystem-Based Management and Integrated Coastal Management. In this video, David discusses the challenges associated with ecosystem-based management of the NE Atlantic Ocean.

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EU Integrated Maritime Policy

The European coast equals one and a half times the circumference of the earth and half the population of the European Union lives less than 50 km from the sea. Many sectors of the economy are active in these coastal zones: port operations, transport, fisheries, industry, energy and tourism. As a result, many policies have a maritime dimension, but most of them are still managed sector by sector. This video explains how the EU aims to integrate the governance of maritime activities.

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The EU comes to the aid of fragile marine ecosystems

Bottom fishing gears damage vulnerable marine ecosystems in the high seas. The EU has already taken measures to protect deep sea corals and other vulnerable habitats in European waters in the Atlantic, off the west coast of Scotland, and in waters around the Canary, Azores and Madeira Islands, in the Mediterranean. However, European fleets operate throughout the world's oceans and the EU is therefore proposing a precautionary approach to protect vulnerable habitats throughout the high seas.

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New EU Fisheries Policy proposed by European Commission

On April 22nd 2009, the European Commission adopted its Green Paper for a reform of the Common Fisheries Policy and launch a consultation campaign to get reactions from those that will be affected. The Commission has made available this edited video report to broadcasters to explain what is at stake.

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Help save our seas, WWF-UK

This film was made by WWF whilst campaigning for the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill. The Coastal Access Bill gained royal assent on the 12 November 2009 and is now an Act. A diverse group of contributors took part in the film and all make a living from the UK's seas and share a passion for protecting them - whether for renewable energy, tourism or fishing. Each provides compelling reasons for sustainable marine management.

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Netgains - Solutions for Sustainable fishing in the EU

WWF-Spain identified an area of the coast of Galicia, North West Spain in need of protection. It is a region where fishing is strongly depended on, with over 55,000 jobs in the marine environment. WWF helped to create the first ever fishing reserve in Lira. It is important to manage the area to protect the marine ecosystem and people living in coastal regions.

Wind farm

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