Living North Sea

Background and 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.

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.

PROJECT DURATION: 2009-03-01 - 2013-03-31
ERDF GRANT: 3,095,297.00 €
ERDF EQUIVALENT: 61,830.00 €
LEAD BENEFICIARY: Association of Rivers Trusts, UK