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.
What is an ecosystem-based approach
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 approach 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.
What we do
We at FishSec are working to develop these principles into practical steps for incorporating 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.
We have also organized workshops where stakeholders worked together to find alignment on how Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management can be transformed into concrete management measures. The workshops conclusions were also presented as a set of recommendations for managers.
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).
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