Rescuing the North and Baltic Seas: Marine Reserves—a key tool. Part I

Within the EU, the COMMON FISHERIES POLICY, has consistently failed to conserve fish stocks or protect the marine environment. At the same time the EU’s main conservation instruments, the BIRDS and HABITATS DIRECTIVES, have proved inadequate to deliver a system of marine reserves; The Habitat Directive in partucular is focused mainly on terrestial habitats.

The Natura 2000 network of protectd sites whosecreationis envisaged bythe Directives has so far been implemented on a very limited scale, and its applicability offshore has been questioned.

However , it may now provide a mechanism to implement the recent joint resolution of the OSPAR and HELSINKI CONVENTIONS to establish a network of marine protected areas in the Baltic and north-east Atlandic by 2010.

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~ by narhvalur on December 27, 2011.

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