Changes in public attitude toward the natural environment and increased awareness of past losses and current threats have forced many industries and government agencies to evaluate the impacts of their activities on natural processes. Today, the environmental and social sustainability of coastal and marine resources, and the livelihoods of those who depend on them, are jeopardised by pollution, coastal development, overcapacity within fisheries, widespread habitat loss and infrastructure building for industries such as energy renewables. Likewise, impact assessments of fisheries are often poorly informed, receive inadequate attention and do not adequately assess both the direct and indirect that fisheries can have on ecosystems. The main threats to marine species populations are non-selective fishing gear, destructive methods of fishing and poor fisheries management regimes that lead to overcapacity and rates of fishing mortality that exceed sustainable levels of exploitation.
MRAG has developed considerable experience in the undertaking of environmental assessments on inshore, coastal, offshore and high sea area. Following analysis of assessment results MRAG has provided and managed the implementation of plans to remediate impacts, namely;
Fisheries-specific assessments have identified conflicts between fishing gear types, threats to non-target species, and further ecosystem impacts of fisheries leading to policy recommendations and novel management plans for improving the sustainability of fisheries through reducing their impact.
Clients and collaborators have included the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Commission.
MRAG has provided a wide range of services including;
|Study on ecosystem-based approaches applied to fisheries management under the CFP
Given the complexity of food web interactions, large range of fisheries-species…
|Study on circular design of the fishing gear for reduction of environmental impacts
MRAG was commissioned by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science…