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 on undersea habitats and species have been collected by volunteer Seasearch divers providing significant evidence for inshore ‘marine protected areas’
Over half a million people have voiced their support for ‘marine protected area’ designation in the UK through our campaigns
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