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Fish Map Môn project to boost fishing industry

UK: A group of North Wales Fishermen’s Cooperative ltd, Bangor Mussel Producers ltd, the Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers and Countryside Council for Wales launched the Fish Map Môn project. The project is being developed initially for the sea area around Anglesey and the Menai Strait.
The European Union (EU) funded mapping project aims to help achieve the vision of the Wales Fisheries Strategy – to “support the development of viable and sustainable fisheries in Wales as an integral part of coherent policies for safeguarding the environment.”
The project embodies the aims of the Welsh Government’s new Natural Environment Framework, A Living Wales, which aims to secure a stronger focus on the environment as our life support system. A Living Wales looks for a ‘new contract’ between environmental managers and regulators, industry and commerce, and the public. It says that the economy, ecology and society should be considered together to find a sustainable way to maintain and enhance all the goods and services provided by the environment.
The maps produced under the project will give a clear picture of the type and level of fishing activities taking place in various natural habitats. The maps will be a basis to develop options for sustainable fisheries management – showing which areas are vulnerable to fishing activities and others which are more robust. If successful, the project could be applied to other sea areas around Wales.
The project will involve close co-operation with fishermen’s associations, and many other relevant organisations, including the Welsh Aquaculture Producers Assoc, Welsh Government, Environment Agency Wales, SeaFish, South and West Wales Fishing Communities Ltd, Cardigan Bay Fishermen’s Association, and relevant local authorities.
Source: CCW