Ecosystem based approach
We work towards sustainable fisheries where ecosystem-based approaches provide more comprehensive management tools, bringing us closer to the long-term goal of healthy seas with thriving fish stocks and great diversity.
Ecosystem-based management takes an integrated approach to managing our use of the environment. It emphasises the interconnectedness among species and their habitats, stressing the principle of adaptive governance because of the dynamically evolving nature of ecosystems. The ecosystem-based approaches contrasts with the less complex single-species approach, which manages species in isolation, failing to account for their interactions within the ecosystem. The overall aim is to strengthen ecosystem resilience to external shocks, thus making ecosystems less vulnerable to larger paradigm shifts in species abundance and diversity.
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The ecosystem-based approach is mentioned in the Common Fisheries Policy (EU 1380/2013, Art 2.3) as well as in the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (Directive 2008/56/EC, Art. 1.3). FishSec is working to develop these principles into practical steps for incorporation future policy. To this end, the EU multiannual management plan for the Baltic Sea, incorporates ecosystem-focused language to encourage better management in fisheries targeting cod, herring and sprat.