C.1.2.1: Spatial demands and scenarios for maritime sectors and marine conservation

Lead partners: University of Liverpool and Agence des Aires Marine Protégées

Specific Objective: To investigate current and potential future spatial demands of key maritime sectors, with reference to cross-border issues.

fishing-catch-crown-copyrightThis will involve an analysis of the existing spatial constraints, trends, demands and expectations for growth of key sectoral activities in the SIMCelt area. This is likely to include fisheries and aquaculture, ports and shipping, oil and gas production, renewable energy supply, marine aggregates, tourism and recreation, pipelines and cables and other maritime sectors of activity.

doe-survey-vessel_copyright-daeraThis sub-component will also involve an analysis of existing activities for establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) in the Member States’ waters. This includes the work of OPSAR’s biodiversity strategy, Ireland’s marine conservation initiatives, England and Wales’ marine conservation zone (MCZ) projects, and Northern Ireland, Scotland and France’s MPA programmes.

Outputs

Overview report on the current state and potential future spatial requirements of key maritime activities in the SIMCelt area (this will include consideration of the inter-relationship between marine sectors and marine conservation) and sector/interest-specific information.in the most useful format, e.g. sector briefing notes, information in documents supporting MSP in Member States.

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