Last week PML scientist Dr Mel Austen gave oral evidence to the House of Lords inquiry on regional marine cooperation.
The inquiry follows the Healthy Oceans – Productive Ecosystems (HOPE) European conference for the marine environment in March 2014 which recognised that Europe’s seas and oceans are under significant pressure and must be safeguarded.
Various EU policies seek to promote marine environmental protection on the one hand or marine economic growth on the other. While it is generally recognised that a regional approach to putting those policies into practice is necessary, this is not happening systematically.
PML’s Dr Mel Austen contributed to the inquiry through giving expert scientific advice on issues such as the cumulative effects of human activities on the marine environment and the current state of transnational co-operation. Dr Austen's evidence referred to her experiences as Head of Science Sea and Society at PML, but also the EU projects Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors, VECTORS and DEVelopment Of innovative Tools for understanding marine biodiversity and assessing good Environmental Status, DEVOTES as well as her previous role as Chief Scientific Advisor for the Marine Management Organisation (MMO).