The issue that this project is trying to address is incredibly complex. The marine environment is not easy to manage. Oceans cannot be divided neatly by lines on a map. Marine life moves freely between country boundaries – making traditional land based approaches to management ineffective. In fact worse than ineffective – in the past these approaches have put intense pressure on our seas and biodiversity has suffered as a result. And, if biodiversity is suffering, so is the marine economy. A healthy marine economy needs healthy seas.
Things are changing though. Recent marine policy developments and the potential for using the ecosystem approach to management provide hope for the future and a way forward. The challenge now is to make sure that the new and updated marine policies that aim to improve conservation and management of our seas are understood and implemented by everyone that uses the sea, whether for work or for pleasure. We all have a responsibility for bringing about the change that our seas need.