As well as making a fundamental impact on our understanding of the natural world, MBA outputs have made positive contributions towards impacts on people, societies, their health and well-being, and the planet. Here are some examples of our work.

Listed below are a selection of the projects delivered by the MBA.

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Assessment of the ecological coherence of the MPA network in the Celtic Seas

The objective of the Celtic Seas Partnership is to provide an independent evaluation of the ecological coherence of the current MPA network in the Celtic Seas MSFD sub-region (UK, French and Irish waters), highlight gaps, and evaluate the potential contribution of other types of closed area...

MCZ Data Management Project

As part of the implementation of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, a network of conservation sites is being created in British seas, with the intention of conserving or improving the UK marine environment. The network will comprise of Marine Protected Areas, European Marine Sites, Sites of...

Recreational and Commercial Anchoring and Mooring Impacts in Marine Protected Areas in Wales and England

The Objective of this project was to develop the evidence base for mooring and anchoring impacts in marine protected areas (MPAs) and appropriate management options to inform MPA management.  This work comprised: 1) a review of the evidence on impacts of anchoring and mooring, 2) collation...

Promoting Effective Governance of the Channel Ecosystem (PEGASEAS)

PEGASEAS was an INTERREG IVa cross Channel capitalisation project between France and the United Kingdom and its aim was to promote the efficient governance of the Channel ecosystem. The Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research at Plymouth University was the lead partner of the project. The...

Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Western Channel (VALMER)

(VALMER) was an eleven partner, €4.7 million project co-funded by the INTERREG IV A Channel programme through the European Regional Development Fund, which aimed to examine how improved marine ecosystem services assessment could support effective and informed marine management and planning.  ...

European Marine Biology Resource Centre preparatory phase 2 (pp2EMBRC)

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) provides a strategic delivery platform for excellent and large-scale marine science in Europe. The overall concept being EMBRC is of a European wide distributed infrastructure offering high level marine biology services underpinning the Blue...

Global Shark Tracking Project - Global Mapping of Pelagic Shark Space Use and Overlap with Fishing Vessels

Sharks are particularly susceptible to the effects of human exploitation because they have slow growth rates, a late age at maturity and low fecundity, traits which make them comparable to marine mammals in terms of vulnerability. Since fishing fleets expanded into the open ocean during the past...

Tracking Trans-Atlantic Movements, Habitat Preferences and Fisheries Overlap of the Shortfin Mako Shark

The shortfin mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus is an iconic species that is generally regarded as the fastest swimming shark reaching speeds over 30 mph. It is a warm-bodied, highly active shark with a circumglobal distribution in tropical and warm-temperate seas of all oceans. Shortfin...

SeaDNA - Assessing marine biodiversity and structure using environmental DNA: from groundtruthing to food web structure and stability

DNA evidence has revolutionised our understanding of the natural world. It has helped us to appreciate how species are related to one other, how environmental change can lead to species divergence and how individual populations become adapted through evolutionary processes to their local...

MARINe-DNA: Development and application of eDNA tools to assess the structure and function of coastal sea ecosystems

The MARINe-DNA project will test the overarching hypothesis that marine-derived environmental DNA (eDNA) is a biodiversity proxy that can be used to inform our understanding of marine biodiversity and ecosystem structure/function relationships. The project will be split into three phases that...

The MBA research programme is recognized for its excellence and diversity, ranging from the fundamental biology of marine organisms through to the study of whole communities and ecosystems.

MBA research is supported by many different funding bodies, including the Natural Environment Research Council and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council. The MBA also conducts research with many European partners, through the EU framework programmes. Here are some examples of our work.

Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Western Channel (VALMER)

(VALMER) was an eleven partner, €4.7 million project co-funded by the INTERREG IV A Channel programme through the European Regional Development Fund, which aimed to examine how improved marine ecosystem services assessment could support effective and informed marine management and planning.  ...

European Marine Biology Resource Centre preparatory phase 2 (pp2EMBRC)

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) provides a strategic delivery platform for excellent and large-scale marine science in Europe. The overall concept being EMBRC is of a European wide distributed infrastructure offering high level marine biology services underpinning the Blue...

Global Shark Tracking Project - Global Mapping of Pelagic Shark Space Use and Overlap with Fishing Vessels

Sharks are particularly susceptible to the effects of human exploitation because they have slow growth rates, a late age at maturity and low fecundity, traits which make them comparable to marine mammals in terms of vulnerability. Since fishing fleets expanded into the open ocean during the past...

Tracking Trans-Atlantic Movements, Habitat Preferences and Fisheries Overlap of the Shortfin Mako Shark

The shortfin mako shark Isurus oxyrinchus is an iconic species that is generally regarded as the fastest swimming shark reaching speeds over 30 mph. It is a warm-bodied, highly active shark with a circumglobal distribution in tropical and warm-temperate seas of all oceans. Shortfin...

SeaDNA - Assessing marine biodiversity and structure using environmental DNA: from groundtruthing to food web structure and stability

DNA evidence has revolutionised our understanding of the natural world. It has helped us to appreciate how species are related to one other, how environmental change can lead to species divergence and how individual populations become adapted through evolutionary processes to their local...

MARINe-DNA: Development and application of eDNA tools to assess the structure and function of coastal sea ecosystems

The MARINe-DNA project will test the overarching hypothesis that marine-derived environmental DNA (eDNA) is a biodiversity proxy that can be used to inform our understanding of marine biodiversity and ecosystem structure/function relationships. The project will be split into three phases that...

Capturing Our Coast

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Capturing Our Coast aims to share best practice and work with other organisations leading related marine projects. In this way, together we can

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Marine Microbial Biodiversity, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology (MICROB3)

Technological advances in the fields of 'Omics have enabled marine scientists to realise projects they only dreamt of 10 years ago. Large amounts of next generation sequencing data stand in contrast to the small amount of data management infrastructure with integrated analysis software currently...

SEACELLS

The SeaCells project has been funded since October 2015 by a €2.7m European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. SEACELLS addresses fundamental questions in phytoplankton biology from cellular to population scales.  Our recent studies of phytoplankton, primitive photosynthetic marine...

Mechanisms of ecosystem change in the Western Channel (MARINEXUS)

The main objective of Marinexus was to create a network of research and outreach structures, based in Plymouth and Roscoff, in order to give the public information about marine ecosystems in the Western Channel, and to make them aware of the ability of these ecosystems to cope with the effects...

MBA Education has enormous experience in interpreting scientific concepts for diverse audiences. Our activities and resources have a reputation for innovation and accessibility and many are designed to fit with formal education curricula.

Capturing Our Coast

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Capturing Our Coast aims to share best practice and work with other organisations leading related marine projects. In this way, together we can

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LEMUR Traineeships

LEMUR

 LEMUR+ project was part funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by Ambios Ltd in partnership with Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, The MBA and South East Wales Biodiversity Records Centre.

Placements at the MBA were for  ...

Life around the turbines

Life around the turbines brings together environmental and technical information on offshore wind farms in an exciting range of resources and workshops for schools.  The project was developed with funding from COWRIE (Collaborative Offshore Wind Research Into the Environment) and was led by...

The ShoreThing

Our Shore Thing project started in 2006 giving volunteer groups and school/ higher students the opportunity to take part in 'REAL' science to help monitor the impact of rising sea temperatures on rocky shore species.  It now contains over 10 years of data and participation.

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Sea Change

Sea Change Project

The Marine Biological Association is the Coordinator of the Sea Change project, an ambitious EU Funded project to develop “Ocean Literacy” in Europe. The Sea Change project runs from 2015 to 2018.

Ocean Literacy is an understanding of the oceans’ influence on us and our...

ENVRI+

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ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable...

Mitten Crab Watch

Mitten crab recording

Chinese mitten crabs are officially listed as one of the World's 100 worst invasive species. They can cause damage to fishing gear and river banks, block intake screens, modify natural habitats and compete with native species. It is this economic and ecological damage that makes this crab such...

Wakame Watch

Wakame Watch has been established in order to generate an up-to-date picture of the distribution of the species, by encouraging recording of sightings from the public, in particular, we are asking divers, snorkelers, recreational boat users, fishermen and environmental surveyors to let us know...

The MBA Data Team provides expertise in the archiving, management, visualization and dissemination of quality-assured marine biodiversity datasets and metadata.  The team operates the national biodiversity Data Archive Centre, DASSH, which is accredited through the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN).  The Data Team supplies advice, tools and resources enabling maximum value to be gained from biological datasets and additionally provides guidance on compliance with UK and International legislation relating to data governance.

DASSH - The UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data

Accredited through the MEDIN partnership, and core-funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Scottish Government, DASSH provides tools and services for the long-term curation, management and publication of marine...

MarLIN - The Marine Life Information Network

MarLIN provides information to support marine conservation, management and planning. Our resources are based on available scientific evidence and designed for all stakeholders, from government agencies and industry to naturalists and the public. MarLIN hosts the largest review of the effects of...

ENVRI+

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ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable...

Mitten Crab Watch

Mitten crab recording

Chinese mitten crabs are officially listed as one of the World's 100 worst invasive species. They can cause damage to fishing gear and river banks, block intake screens, modify natural habitats and compete with native species. It is this economic and ecological damage that makes this crab such...

EMODNet Biology

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The Data Team have been active in the provision of UK data to the European Marine Observation and Data Network. By the development of ‘crosswalks’ between UK data standards developed by DASSH within MEDIN and the GBIF global biodiversity standards we have been able to demonstrate how data can flow...
The MBA has long recognised the important role of citizen scientists for conservation and monitoring biodiversity. We work in partnership to support numerous initiatives and projects including the Sealife Survey recording scheme in partnership with the National Biodiversity Network, and an annual Bioblitz event.

Capturing Our Coast

cocoast logo

Capturing Our Coast aims to share best practice and work with other organisations leading related marine projects. In this way, together we can

...

The ShoreThing

Our Shore Thing project started in 2006 giving volunteer groups and school/ higher students the opportunity to take part in 'REAL' science to help monitor the impact of rising sea temperatures on rocky shore species.  It now contains over 10 years of data and participation.

...

Sea Change

Sea Change Project

The Marine Biological Association is the Coordinator of the Sea Change project, an ambitious EU Funded project to develop “Ocean Literacy” in Europe. The Sea Change project runs from 2015 to 2018.

Ocean Literacy is an understanding of the oceans’ influence on us and our...

ENVRI+

ENVRI Plus Logo
ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable...

Mitten Crab Watch

Mitten crab recording

Chinese mitten crabs are officially listed as one of the World's 100 worst invasive species. They can cause damage to fishing gear and river banks, block intake screens, modify natural habitats and compete with native species. It is this economic and ecological damage that makes this crab such...

Wakame Watch

Wakame Watch has been established in order to generate an up-to-date picture of the distribution of the species, by encouraging recording of sightings from the public, in particular, we are asking divers, snorkelers, recreational boat users, fishermen and environmental surveyors to let us know...

The MBA is embedded in numerous European partnerships and networks. We have worked both as a partner and as project lead, with European colleagues in a plethora of marine-themed projects primarily funded through the EU Framework Programmes up to and including Horizon 2020, and the European Regional Development Fund Interreg programme.

Promoting Effective Governance of the Channel Ecosystem (PEGASEAS)

PEGASEAS was an INTERREG IVa cross Channel capitalisation project between France and the United Kingdom and its aim was to promote the efficient governance of the Channel ecosystem. The Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research at Plymouth University was the lead partner of the project. The...

Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Western Channel (VALMER)

(VALMER) was an eleven partner, €4.7 million project co-funded by the INTERREG IV A Channel programme through the European Regional Development Fund, which aimed to examine how improved marine ecosystem services assessment could support effective and informed marine management and planning.  ...

European Marine Biology Resource Centre preparatory phase 2 (pp2EMBRC)

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) provides a strategic delivery platform for excellent and large-scale marine science in Europe. The overall concept being EMBRC is of a European wide distributed infrastructure offering high level marine biology services underpinning the Blue...

Marine Microbial Biodiversity, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology (MICROB3)

Technological advances in the fields of 'Omics have enabled marine scientists to realise projects they only dreamt of 10 years ago. Large amounts of next generation sequencing data stand in contrast to the small amount of data management infrastructure with integrated analysis software currently...

SEACELLS

The SeaCells project has been funded since October 2015 by a €2.7m European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. SEACELLS addresses fundamental questions in phytoplankton biology from cellular to population scales.  Our recent studies of phytoplankton, primitive photosynthetic marine...

Mechanisms of ecosystem change in the Western Channel (MARINEXUS)

The main objective of Marinexus was to create a network of research and outreach structures, based in Plymouth and Roscoff, in order to give the public information about marine ecosystems in the Western Channel, and to make them aware of the ability of these ecosystems to cope with the effects...

Climate Change & Marine Life

The world's oceans are important for both the global ecological balance and a number of ecosystem services like food production and transport. While scientists have tested the effects of terrestrial warming using greenhouses, no research has been done to look at the effects of ocean warming....

Integrated Biotechnological Solutions for Combating Marine Oil Spills (Kill Spill)

Oil spills that release harmful petroleum hydrocarbons into the marine environment can be cleaned up in several ways. These include sponge-like sorbents that absorb oil, dispersants that chemically break down oil, and microorganisms that biologically degrade oil by consuming it as an energy...

THE MICRO ALGAE BIOREFINERY (D-Factory)

The aim of FP7-KBBE D-FACTORY (The micro algae biorefinery) project is to set a worldwide benchmark for a sustainable biorefinery using biomass from the salt-tolerant microalgae Dunaliella salina. Dunaliella cultivation is the largest for any microalgae, involving hundreds of...

European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster to promote the Blue Bioeconomy (EMBRIC)

The Horizon 2020 NFRADEV-4-2014-2015 EMBRIC project is designed to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery and innovation from marine Bio-Resources. EMBRIC aims to promote new applications derived from marine organisms in fields such as drug discovery, novel foods and food...

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Assessment of the ecological coherence of the MPA network in the Celtic Seas

The objective of the Celtic Seas Partnership is to provide an independent evaluation of the ecological coherence of the current MPA network in the Celtic Seas MSFD sub-region (UK, French and Irish waters), highlight gaps, and evaluate the potential contribution of other types of closed area...

MCZ Data Management Project

As part of the implementation of the Marine and Coastal Access Act, a network of conservation sites is being created in British seas, with the intention of conserving or improving the UK marine environment. The network will comprise of Marine Protected Areas, European Marine Sites, Sites of...

Recreational and Commercial Anchoring and Mooring Impacts in Marine Protected Areas in Wales and England

The Objective of this project was to develop the evidence base for mooring and anchoring impacts in marine protected areas (MPAs) and appropriate management options to inform MPA management.  This work comprised: 1) a review of the evidence on impacts of anchoring and mooring, 2) collation...

Promoting Effective Governance of the Channel Ecosystem (PEGASEAS)

PEGASEAS was an INTERREG IVa cross Channel capitalisation project between France and the United Kingdom and its aim was to promote the efficient governance of the Channel ecosystem. The Centre for Marine and Coastal Policy Research at Plymouth University was the lead partner of the project. The...

Valuing Ecosystem Services in the Western Channel (VALMER)

(VALMER) was an eleven partner, €4.7 million project co-funded by the INTERREG IV A Channel programme through the European Regional Development Fund, which aimed to examine how improved marine ecosystem services assessment could support effective and informed marine management and planning.  ...

Habitats Directive Recreational Assessment

To support the Habitat Regulations Assessment of the Plymouth Sound and Estuaries European Marine Site, Plymouth City Council on behalf of the Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum (TECF) has commissioned the MBA to collect and analyse evidence of recreational activities to assess the likely exposure...

Information Needs of a Celtic Seas Web Portal

This project was aimed to support stakeholders in understanding the requirements and implementing the MSFD in the Celtic Seas, one of the sub regions of the North East Atlantic Regional Sea. There were two parts to this work:

1) Identification and provision of a detailed list of specific...

Channel Catchments Cluster (3C)

The Channel Catchment Cluster (3C) project capitalised on the outputs of previous Interreg IVA (Channel) programme projects which focussed on water quality within coastal basin catchments.  The 3C project collated, shared and disseminated the practical tools, techniques, data and best...

Biosecurity training and advice on non-native species

Inspecting pontoons managed by Milford Haven Port Authority

The MBA is working with partners in the provision of biosecurity training and advice along with the development of biosecurity plans for specific sites, areas and activities. Biosecurity here means taking steps to make sure that good practices are in place to minimise the risk of spreading...

Leisure boating and non-native species

Propellor with fouling including non-native species

The role of leisure boating and marinas in the secondary spread of non-natives along coastlines is being investigated.

This has involved survey work, monitoring and experimental investigations using settlement panels. The data also contributes baseline distribution information...