This case study evaluates the implementation of specific Natura 2000 areas and other types of ecosystem-based fisheries management measures against their effects on the provisioning of ecosystem services in the North Sea marine ecosystem. It starts with an integrated assessment of all the human activities and their pressures in the study area using the FP7 ODEMM framework. The evaluation of the existing Natura 2000 areas also considers other potential management strategies including additional spatial closures, modification or substitution of gear and other measures that reduce the spatial footprint of fishing within or outside these areas.

Cooperating partner: Rijkswaterstaat (RWS)

Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) is the cooperating partner for AQUACROSS’s Case Study One: Trade-offs in ecosystem-based fisheries management in the North Sea aimed at achieving Biodiversity Strategy targets. RWS is a part of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and is responsible for major water and other infrastructure, as well as environmental objectives including maintaining the ecological integrity of major lakes, rivers, estuaries, and coastal areas of the Netherlands.

RWS and Case Study One are represented on the SPBTT by Joost Backx.


North Sea