Working with Government
We work with Governments at all levels to achieve sustainable fisheries. MCS firmly believes in an ecosystem approach to fisheries, which we advocate through our UK work on the Marine And Coastal Access Act; in Europe on the Common Fisheries Policy; and, internationally, working with international and regional fisheries management organisations.
The ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management considers the effect of fishing on biodiversity, habitat structure, endangered species and water quality as well as fish stocks. The overall aim is to maintain healthy ecosystems and the fisheries they support.
To find out what measures MCS is suggesting for an ecosystem approach, and to find out more about our work with Governments, download our fisheries policy paper.
Working with other NGOs (non-government organisations)
At MCS we believe in power in numbers, and so we often get together with other like-minded organisations to have more impact on pressing fisheries issues.
We are a member of Seas At Risk - a European organisation working to protect and restore the marine environment of European seas and the North-East Atlantic.
In the fisheries team our work with Seas At Risk includes the Common Fisheries Policy, high seas bottom trawling and deepwater fisheries. We also work with Seafood Choices Alliance on the Good Catch initiative, which provides information and training on sustainable seafood to those in the food service industry. We also work with the Marine Stewardship Council and Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.
More recently, MCS has begun working with Client Earth - a non-profit making environmental law, science and policy group working in the EU and beyond, on improving current fisheries policy.