France has been extending its network of Natura 2000 sites into marine environments since 2008. The fishing industry wanted to equip itself with detailed methods to evaluate local situations, which would enable it to propose action to be taken on these Natura 2000 sites.

A risk analysis method based on scientific literature has already been developed to evaluate the interaction between fishing gear and habitats at the relevant sites.

The further, specific operational aims of the DECIDER project are:

  • To understand and evaluate the wide variety of situations at the sites, including the diversity of fishing gear and habitats, and to put these into perspective alongside other human activity, environmental conditions and further aspects of the sites’ context.
  • To ensure action is taken, with the fishing industry at its heart. By involving professionals, it is hoped they will take ownership of the risk analysis and see what is at stake, coming up with their own proposals.
  • To bring professionals together around a single, sound methodology shared along the entire Atlantic coast.

The case study will focus on interaction between dredging activity and maerl in Brittany. This is a major concern for the fishing industry in the region, where 14 Natura 2000 sites are also maerl habitats. Four pilot sites have been chosen.

Other partners
  • - Association du Grand Littoral Atlantique (AGLIA), Rochefort  [Project Developer]
  • - CDPMEM Côtes d’Armor, Pordic
  • - CDPMEM du Morbihan, Lorient
  • - CDPMEM d’Ille et Vilaine, Saint-Malo
  • - CDPMEM Finistère, Ergué-Gabéric
  • - Comité Régional des Pêches Maritimes et des élevages Marins de Bretagne, Rennes
  • - CRPMEM de Poitou-Charentes, La Rochelle
  • - CRPMEM des Pays de Loire
  • - CRPMEM d’Aquitaine, Ciboure
  • - RESOMAR (Réseau des Stations et des Observatoires Marins)
France Filière Pêche
Conseil régional de Bretagne
Conseil régional Pays de la Loire
Conseil régional Nouvelle Aquitaine
Overall budget
737 K€