The Living North Sea project solved problems surrounding the management of fish species, which relied on moving between the North Sea and freshwater systems of partner countries. These species were under considerable threat, some even in hazardous decline.
Living North Sea brought together representatives from across the North Sea Region in a project that would make long lasting changes to the way that migratory fish species, whose stocks were shared between nations, were managed in the region. The project created a permanent management group for migratory fish of these habitats, which would continue to work collaboratively, but also tackle decision making processes ensuring project results could be integrated in future policies on the national and EU level.
01/03/2009 - 31/03/2013
2 - Promoting the Sustainable Management of our Environment
Area of Intervention
2.1 Sustainable development of the coastal land and sea areas through integrated coastal zone management
Centre for Marine & Coastal Zone Management (CMCZM), University of Aberdeen
Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) Executive Agency of DEFRA
The Rivers Trust
Regional Water Authority Hunze en Aa's
Regional Water Authority Noorderzijlvest
Regional Water Authority Waternet
Royal Dutch National Angling Organisation
INBO Research Institute for Nature & Forest
Municipality of Falkenberg
DTU Aqua National Institute for Aquatic Resources, section for Inland Fisheries
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research - NINA
Johann Heinrich von Thünen-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Rural Areas, Forestry and Fisheries Institute for Fisheries Ecology
Background and Aim
Aim To use Sustainable Coastal Zone Management techniques for key migratory species of the North Sea countries, share existing knowledge between countries and sectors and on populations and migratory routes to identify the essential gaps in knowledge that must be answered.
LNS prioritised geographical locations for work across the North Sea countries based on potential abundance and important habitats and zones for particular species. The project created a permanent management group for migratory fish of these habitats, which would continue to work collaboratively and tackle the decision making processes to ensure that the results of the Living North Sea project were firmly integrated into future national and European policies.
Background The Living North Sea project was constructed to solve the problems surrounding the management of fish species, which rely on moving between the North Sea and freshwater systems of partner countries. This was of particular importance where in some countries, authorities were spending vast sums of money artificially propagating fish, when the real solution, might be in marine, or even the waters of another country. A second problem related to the continued threat for migratory fish in fresh water ecosystems and included artificial barriers, pollution and habitat loss.
19 demonstration sites for solutions to fish passage at man-made barriers
Management plan for sea trout in the North Sea Region
Genetic baseline for identifying significant shared populations & identifying the home rivers of fish at sea
Tools and collaborative processes for tracking fish at sea and identifying critical areas for marine spatial planning
Best practice manuals, expert advice and management group for fish migration issues
ICES working groups contributing to EU policy
WebGIS mapping tools for sharing fish migration barrier data & prioritising mitigation