Let’s look ahead to the year 2030: what will the situation be in the North Sea and oceans around the world?
The North Sea will be healthy and resilient again and top predators, shellfish reefs and areas of ecological importance will be protected. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have an important role in this protection, but it’s of crucial importance that they have effective management plans to avoid the so-called ‘paper parks’.
I feel very motivated to encourage policy makers to invest in a network of protected areas that protects the species and ecosystem in the Netherlands and I’m hopeful that by 2030, we will be on the right track to make this dream happen. We already see that restoration projects are taking off and are being successful, motivating policy makers and ocean users to invest in these initiatives. I hope that, in ten years, people feel more connected to the North Sea and value its underwater life by looking beyond its image of ‘grey mass’.
Thanks for sharing your story, you’re an Ocean Witness now. What do you want to say to other Ocean Witnesses?
Go out there, be curious, share your message and don’t be afraid to have a look underwater: every time you are amazed by the incredible beauty and uniqueness of the oceans, you want to protect them even more.