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The Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment (FAME)

Research Study Annex IV

Title: The Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment (FAME)
Start Date:
January 01, 2010
Research End Date:
April 01, 2013
Technology Type:
Info Updated:
October 02, 2014
Study Status: 
Princple Investigator Contact Information: 

Name: Valerie de Liedekerke – RSPB (project coordinator)

Address: 10 Park Quadrant, Glasgow G3 6BS

Phone: +44 (0) 141 331 9092


Project Description: 

The FAME project involved partners from 5 countries (UK, Ireland, France, Spain and Portugal) who have interest, knowledge and expertise in the marine environment, ranging from seabird tracking and monitoring to mapping, data analysis and engagement with the offshore renewable energy and fisheries sectors. The partners monitored and tracked seabirds throughout the Area and, by combining the data with oceanographic information, produced comprehensive maps to inform the designation of MPAs. The partners communicated with a range of stakeholders in the marine environment, to minimise the impact of man’s activities on important areas for marine biodiversity. This was done through an interactive GIS website, conferences, workshops and publications. The project also developed recommendations on the future management of MPAs. Marine wildlife does not respect country boundaries, and so by working transnationally the partners aimed to safeguard the Future of the Atlantic Marine Environment. For activities were defined for the project, these were:

  1. Project Management
  2. Gathering Data by Monitoring and Tracking Seabirds
  3. Managing the Marine Environment
  4. Communications
Funding Source: 

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and The Atlantic Area Programme

Location of Research: 

Arc Atlantic countries: Portugal; Spain; France; UK and Ireland.

Project Aims: 

To establish a transnational evidence base to inform decisions on the Atlantic marine environment:

  1. To make specific recommendations on designating and managing Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
  2. To communicate effectively with decision makers, scientists, NGOs, marine professionals and the public about the importance of the Atlantic marine environment and role they can play in protecting it.
  3. To map marine sites that are critical to the survival of threatened/important marine seabird species.
  4. To assess the impact of human activity (including fisheries & renewable energy offshore) on important sites.
  5. To produce recommendations for managing important sites for the benefit of threatened/important marine seabird species.
  6. To provide current or future stakeholders who are engaged with managing important marine sites, with information on how best to operate for the benefit of seabird species.
  7. To recommend sites for MPA designation.
  8. To manage the human impact on the marine environment.
  9. To communicate project wide results and best practice with the general public, key stakeholders and decision makers.
  10. To set up tools (such as website, leaflets, reports) to enable this communication with the target audiences.
  11. To increase the experience and knowledge of using different communication methods within the project partnership.
  12. To design and implement website.
  13. To promote the project through printed materials.
  14. To communicate with specialist groups.
Project Progress: 

This project is complete.

Key Findings: 

Details of the results of this project available to date can be found at:

Related Publications: 

A full list of publications from this project available to date can found at the following location:


This report presents recommendations on how offshore renewable energy projects can be best managed to reduce the potential negative impacts on marine fauna especially on seabirds: Guidelines for a Sustainable Exploitation of Offshore Renewable Energy - Account on Seabird Species.

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