One of the MBA's charitable aims is to communicate the knowledge gained from research to the public. We can help journalists with questions on marine biological research and marine life in general.

One of the MBA's charitable aims is to communicate the knowledge gained from research to the public. We can help journalists with questions on marine biological research and marine life in general.

Speak to an expert

The MBA is able to draw on its large membership for expert comment on a range of marine issues. In addition, MBA staff based in Plymouth have expertise in a number of areas including:

  • Ocean acidification
  • Ecology and conservation of marine top predators
  • Climate change, biodiversity and marine ecosystems
  • Pollution
  • Non-native species
  • Marine policy
  • Marine conservation and marine protected areas
  • Education and Ocean Literacy
  • Marine Data Archive​

In the first instance, please contact the MBA Communications Officer

Communications Office

Communications Officer Guy Baker

Telephone: +44(0)1752 426239 or +44(0)7742 007457

If you are looking for images of marine life, please contact the Communications Officer

Background (notes for editors)

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is a professional body for marine scientists with some 1,400 members world-wide. Since 1884 the MBA has established itself as a leading marine biological research organization contributing to the work of several Nobel Laureates and over 170 Fellows of the Royal Society. In 2013, the MBA was awarded a Royal Charter in recognition of its long and eminent history and its status within the field of marine biology.  The award strengthens the Association’s role in promoting marine biology as a discipline and in representing the interests of the marine biological community.

Exciting Ocean Outreach Activities Revealed in the Sea Change Project’s Third Project Newsletter

The third issue of the Sea Change project newsletter showcases a range of innovative activities taking place across Europe to boost European citizens’ “Ocean Literacy”, an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean.

Sea Change is a three-year EU Horizon 2020-funded project that is establishing a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the ocean by increasing Ocean Literacy throughout society.

www.seachangeproject.eu 

Published March 2017

Study highlights a new threat to bees worldwide​

recent study published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports highlights a newly identified virus – named Moku after the Hawaiian Island from which it was isolated – in the invasive wasp, Vespula pensylvanica. The study also warns that transmission of these kinds of viruses, especially from invasive species which can spread viruses to new locations, is a threat to pollinator health worldwide.

Particularly under threat are honey bees, which are as vital to our food systems as the crops they pollinate, and which are prone to a range of emergent diseases, including Moku and Deformed wing virus (DWV).

The study has highlighted the importance of monitoring invasive species for broad-range viruses as well as the potential for transmission of these pathogens. Dr Declan Schroeder, Head of the Virus Ecology Group at the MBA explains: “The true significance of this discovery lies in the potential ramifications that a new biological invasion could cause”.

Published 27 October 2015


Sea Change launches new campaign: Our Ocean, Our Health

The Sea Change project invites you to take simple steps towards protecting our ocean by joining its new “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of ocean and human health.

Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project which aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between ocean and human health, and to empower us, as “Ocean Literate” citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.


Statement on the EU referendum from the Marine Biological Association

Promoting marine biology and excellence in research is central to the mission of the Marine Biological Association (MBA). The recent vote for Britain to leave the European Union raises significant uncertainties surrounding essential funding for the UK marine biology community.  The impact of this goes far beyond the UK as European funding has enabled UK-based scientists to play a crucial role in working collaboratively with colleagues in Europe and beyond. Significant progress in the marine biological and environmental sciences can no longer be achieved without strong international collaborations. Marine Biologists based at the Association’s laboratory for example are involved in major initiatives that would allow European marine scientists’ access to the expertise and facilities available in marine laboratories throughout the UK as well as providing UK scientists with open access to large-scale European facilities not available in the UK.

As a Chartered body promoting marine biology the MBA will actively engage with the UK Government to help ensure adequate resources are made available to support marine research, education and advice provision. The MBA will also be stressing the importance of having mechanisms in place for collaboration and networking so that the ability of the marine biological community to meet today’s marine environmental challenges and address fundamental research questions is not compromised.


Adrift for over 100 years - the world's oldest message in a bottle

A postcard returned to the Plymouth Laboratory of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest message in a bottle ever found!

Published 18 April 2016


Shark hotspots 'tracked' by fishing vessels

An international team of researchers from the UK, Portugal, Spain and U.S.A. tracked more than 100 sharks from six different species by satellite across the entire North Atlantic, one of the most heavily exploited oceans. Concurrent with the shark tracking, the scientists tracked 186 Spanish and Portuguese longline fishing vessels using GPS to quantify the overlap in space and time.

For more information on this type of research see The Sims Lab

Published 25 January 2016 


Scientist set to use 'free DNA' to assess marine biodiversity

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is part of two different £1.2m Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) projects to find out how effective the tools developed around environmental DNA (eDNA) will be at telling us what organisms – from plankton to whales – are present in an area, and how ecosystems work.


Plymouth marine biologists awarded £3million for studies of plankton ‘nerve impulses’

Marine biologists working at the Marine Biological Association (MBA) laboratory in Plymouth have been awarded funds totalling almost £3 million to study how tiny algae in the sea sense and respond to their environment using mechanisms that are very similar to sophisticated nerve activity in animals and humans.

Published 29 July 2015


Press release: Scientists meet to halt shark and ray declines

This week, international experts will gather in Plymouth for the annual conference of the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) hosted by the Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA) and Plymouth University, to discuss ways of using new science and technology to help sustainably manage shark, skate and ray populations. 

“The decline in sharks, skates and rays is truly alarming and a global phenomenon” Image: James Lea

Published 24 July 2015


Robot vehicles launched from Plymouth this morning on fish tracking mission

Three marine ‘robot’ vehicles have been launched from Plymouth today to undertake a fish tracking mission in and around new Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). For more information click here.

Published 3 November 2014


Sustained observations of the sea - how the past holds the key to the future

Sustained observations of the sea by the Marine Biological Association of the UK highlight massive changes across UK marine systems.

The Mieszkowska Group

Published 24 August 2014


The Ocean Sampling Day

On June 21, 2014, a worldwide sampling campaign of microbial life within marine surface water was performed within the framework of Micro B3’s Ocean Sampling Day (OSD).

Published 23 June 2014


North Atlantic coastal ecosystens at threat

Rising temperatures, acidified seawater and increased storminess are driving profound changes in the marine ecosystems of the North Atlantic according to a new report.

The Mieszkowska Group


Published 19 June 2014

First records of the Asian shore crab

Photographs of an unusual crab have been confirmed as the first mainland GB record of the Asian shore crab Hemigrapsus sanguineus.


Published 6 June 2014

New Honoury Fellowships 

HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco are amongst new Honorary Fellows appointed by the Marine Biological Association, to mark and celebrate the award of a Royal Charter.


Published 12 March 2014


Marine biology comes of age - The Royal Charter 

The patron of the Marine Biological Association, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, will join a host of distinguished guests to celebrate the marine environment – and the importance of understanding it – at a Royal Charter reception at the Fishmongers’ Hall in London.


Published 3 March 2014.

Are oil-degrading microbes turned on by worms? 

Marine worms are the latest ally in the battle against oil pollution of the marine environment. The Marine Biological Association is a partner in a new European funded consortium, developing novel biotechnological ways of tackling oil spills.


Published 11 November 2013


The Marine Biological Association to establish a legacy-funded Fellowship

The world-famous Marine Biological Association of the UK has been left a substantial legacy by Professor Anne Warner, FRS, an eminent scientist who died in 2012. The MBA will take this opportunity to establish an endowed Warner Fellowship to open a new research area in cell and molecular biology of marine organisms. 


Published 19 September 2013

Albatrosses find distant prey

Wandering albatrosses employ the best possible search pattern to find food in the vast expanses of the Southern Ocean.

Image: Paul Tixier.
The Sims Lab


Published 28 August 2013

MBA Royal Charter

Plymouth’s Marine Biological Association (MBA) which was first established more than a century ago has been granted a Royal Charter. The MBA has been recognised for its long and eminent history and its status within the field of marine biology. The Royal Charter was approved by the Privy Council at the Court at Buckingham Palace last month. Image: Keith Hiscock


Published 24 June 2013

BioBlitz 2013

Wildlife searches bring together experts and the public.

Image: MBA


Published May 2012

Shark refuge 

Groups of female sharks hide away to avoid unwanted sexual attention
from males, research has shown.

Image: Keith Hiscock


Published 2 Nov 2012

Bee mite virus

Researchers in Hawaii and the UK report that the parasitic ‘Varroa’ mite has caused the Deformed Wing Virus (DWV)
to proliferate in honey bee colonies. Image: R. Lamoureux (photothèque CNRS)

The Schroeder Group

Published 7 June 2012