The overall aim of the project is to develop
practical Fisheries Ecosystem Plans that can be used for the sustainable
management of fisheries in the waters around Ireland.
A fundamental principle of the ecosystem approach is that it should be a participatory process involving stakeholders and accordingly the project will proceed through close co-operation between the third-level partners, relevant fishing industry representatives, the Marine Institute, managers, policy makers and other interested parties.
The principles underlying the ecosystem approach, and which will be developed into operational fisheries management objectives by the project partners are: