Our shared sea

Mechanisms of ecosystem change in the Western Channel

Situated in the midst of numerous human activities, the English Channel is a busy seaway and constitutes the stage for intense shipping traffic, fishing, aquaculture, recreational activities and growing coastal urbanisation. These human activities pose a range of challenges to sustainable development for both offshore and coastal areas in this maritime space.

The Marinexus project is in keeping with the Interreg IVA France (Channel) - England priority to “Ensure sustainable environmental development of the common space”. It is co-financed by european funds.

The Marinexus project seeks to set up a cross-Channel partnership between research laboratories and businesses that are involved in science outreach and in tourism in Roscoff and Plymouth:

  • to monitor and analyse the functioning of and the changes in marine ecosystems of the western English Channel, particularly with regard to human activities
  • to promote public awareness of the changes occurring in marine ecosystems and how they adapt to changes caused by human activities.

The objectives of Marinexus research

are to monitor and analyse the functioning of and the changes in marine ecosystems of the western English Channel.

On both sides of the Channel, the Roscoff and Plymouth laboratories have accumulated many decades of monitoring data from the marine ecosystems of the western Channel; these data can be used to identify and analyse long-term changes. These research institutes use state-of-the-art scientific methods and modern technologies to study marine ecosystems and their ability to adapt to disturbances caused by human activities.

Increasing public awareness of sustainable development in the marine environment

By increasing awareness of the marine environment among the general public, including schoolchildren, the Marinexus project hopes to promote changes in behaviour towards these poorly understood ecosystems.

Heightened awareness should lead to real efforts to protect the environment. Furthermore, the knowledge generated within Marinexus is provided to stakeholders (elected officials, local governments, associations, etc.) and involving stakeholders in seminars should help them make better informed decisions when they are confronted with projects or activities that can have an impact on the marine environment, e.g., coastal construction projects, water and energy resource management, establishment of fish or shellfish farms, effects of pollution generated from agricultural or industrial activities.



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