“As a diver, I’ve spent a huge amount of time under the surface of the world’s ocean. But what a lot of people don’t realise is that there is an incredible diversity of stunning marine life right here in the English Channel. One of the real issues we are facing now is that most of it needs protecting, so that future generations can benefit from the ocean in a sustainable manner. We need to learn as much as we can about the fish, marine invertebrates and mammals living on our coastlines, and a project like FISH INTEL can play a big part in making that happen.”
“The FISH INTEL project has been an international team effort, bringing together stakeholders from three countries to support the current and future conservation of our fisheries. Over the past two years, we have built Europe’s largest multi-species telemetry array which is allowing us to track fish along everything from estuaries to reefs, shipwrecks and coastal structures. It is also enabling us to see how individual species respond to emerging and expanding industries such as offshore renewable energy and aquaculture. The network we now have in place will mean we can continue to track these species for many years, giving us an unrivalled picture of the habitats they prefer and how we can protect them now and in the future.”
The FISH INTEL project has a total budget of €4.1million, of which €2.8million is funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Interreg France (Channel) England (FCE) Programme.
Interreg France (Channel) England (FCE) is an EU programme set up to foster economic development in the south of the UK and north of France by funding innovative projects which have a sustainable and economic benefit.
It focuses on a range of specific objectives including supporting innovation, improving the attractiveness of the FCE area and developing low carbon technologies.
More information: www.channelmanche.com