Cross-sector governance in UK waters | Event | Seafish

FMIG: Cross-sector governance in UK waters

Date: 05 April 2022

Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Location: Online

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This meeting will examine the competition for maritime space, and the impact of spatial squeeze on the fishing sector in UK waters.

Spatial squeeze is a current and rapidly growing issue. The competition for maritime space includes: oil and gas (exploration, production and decommissioning); marine renewables; subsea cables; marine protected areas/conservation sites; aquaculture; marine tourism/recreation; maritime traffic; dredging and mineral extraction. More renewable energy is clearly vital in the fight against climate change but as the tensions and trade-offs between energy, fisheries, aquaculture and nature conservation grow, a fair and equitable plan for co-existence has to be the goal.

This Fisheries Management and Innovation Group (FMIG) bite-size meeting will examine spatial squeeze in UK waters, the encroachment on fishing grounds for the fleet and the potential for massive displacement, as well as look at where the fishing industry fits into the decision-making process.

There will be two opening presentations, followed by a panel session.

Pre-prepared questions will be put to our six panellists. During the meeting we will collect questions from the chat box and provide written answers after the session. 

Our speakers and panellists are:

Event Programme

Introductions and general housekeeping
Marine planning: overview and challenges.
  • Dr Paul Gilliland
    Head of Marine Planning, Marine Management Organisation.
Second speaker TBC
  • Sheila Keith
    Executive Officer, Shetland Fishermen’s Association.
  • Mike Cohen
    Deputy Chief Executive, National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations.
  • Dr Emma Sheehan
    Associate Professor of Marine Ecology, University of Plymouth.
  • Joanna Higgins
    Head of Marine Planning, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).
End of event

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