Like oceans and seas globally, the health of the marine ecosystem in the Celtic Seas is under significant threat owing to a variety of external pressures. This also has an impact on the livelihoods of fishing communities and other industries that rely on the sea and coastline. Many of the threats facing Europe’s seas require
cooperation between countries to tackle them effectively.
WWF recognises the importance of having an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas (MPAs) to help tackle these challenges. We commissioned Plymouth University and the Marine Biological Association of the UK to assess the existing network to inform future MPA designations required to complete the network.