DASSH Earns CoreTrustSeal Accreditation

The Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data (DASSH) hosted by the Marine Biological Association (MBA) has achieved CoreTrustSeal accreditation, solidifying its commitment to data integrity. The accreditation recognises and reinforces the DASSH’s dedication to maintaining high standards in managing, archiving, and providing access to marine biodiversity data.   CoreTrustSeal is an international, community-based organization promoting … Read more

DTO Bioflow Project launches its first Open Call to foster marine biodiversity data sharing

The DTO Bioflow project has issued an Open Call for marine biodiversity data holders to provide sustained and long-term biodiversity data for the European Digital Twin of the Ocean (EU DTO). The DTO Bioflow project has launched an Open Call for marine biodiversity data holders as part of its exciting development. This call is strategically … Read more

Volunteers and scientists reach six million marine record milestone

Over six million occurrence points of marine species and habitats are now freely available online thanks to the dedication and hard work of citizen scientists, researchers, and data experts from the Marine Biological Association (MBA). Occurrence records show where different species occur around the UK waters and are important for managing and conserving the UK’s … Read more

Building the biodiversity component of the Digital Twin of the Ocean

Marine habitats present specific and one-of-a-kind issues when it comes to observing, mapping, and monitoring biodiversity in marine ecosystems. Despite advancements made in Europe to collect, harmonise, and make available data on marine biodiversity, a large portion of the data that is currently being collected is unavailable and inaccessible; this type of data is referred … Read more

The MBA and Cefas – 120 Years of Collaboration

We recently had the pleasure of welcoming Cefas Chief Executive Neil Hornby and Cefas Chief Scientist, Professor Grant Stentiford to the Marine Biological Association. They were welcomed to our laboratory in Plymouth by Chief Executive, Professor Willie Wilson. They were given a tour around our facilities to see our cutting-edge science laboratories and meet our … Read more

Sharing the history of the MBA – archive records now online

Having been established nearly 140 years ago, the Marine Biological Association (MBA) has accumulated a considerable amount of archive material. Now for the first time, the MBA Archive is available to view online. If you’re looking for historic research papers on a particular topic, correspondence between former scientists or documents on a specific species that … Read more

CPR Survey announces opportunity for technical partner

The Marine Biological Association is excited to announce an opportunity for a technical partner to produce a cloud-based data management and publication solution to meet the operational needs of the CPR Survey.  The solution will enable rapid and accurate data entry, analysis, visualisation and publication using global standards for marine biological data.  Driven by almost … Read more

EU project MARCO-BOLO launched to better understand marine biodiversity decline and restore ocean health

A new EU project has been launched to improve how biodiversity is recorded and protected in marine and coastal environments. Funded by the Horizon Europe programme, MARCO-BOLO (MARine Coastal BiOdiversity Long-term Observations) will structure and strengthen European coastal and marine biodiversity observation capabilities, linking them to global efforts to understand and restore ocean health. Coastal … Read more

First Sighting in British Isles of Nudibranch Species

The sea slug Berghia coerulescens has been recorded for the first time in the British Isles. Nick Jouault, former chair to the Marine Biology Department of the Société Jersiaise, sighted the nudibranch (confirmed by expert Bernard Picton) on 8th August 2022 near Les Écréhous reef in Jersey. Founded in 1873, the Société Jersiaise is dedicated … Read more