We believe that, in order to recover and safeguard our seas, the people who use and depend on them need to be informed and involved in shaping their future. We work with communities to develop a shared appreciation and deeper understanding of the all the ways in which the ocean benefits them.
By helping to ensure that policy and decision-making processes reflect all the ways in which people care about and depend on the sea we are demonstrating our commitment to support a more inclusive and balanced approach in local marine conservation.
Through our Shared Seas work we aim to drive fundamental and widespread change in the way diversity and depth of community engagement with marine conservation issues. Over the past 10 years we have successfully used the innovative Community Voice Method (CVM) to pioneer a values based approach to stakeholder engagement in marine policy and decision-making.
Did you know?…
To the shelf limits, Scotland has 61% of UK waters, of which 23% are now in existing or new ‘marine protected areas’
Over 500,000 records of undersea species and habitats have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers
An area over 9 times the size of Wales is now in marine protected areas in the UK, but less than 1% is considered by MCS scientists to be well managed