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)7876 831267

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.

The rise in ocean plastics evidenced from 60 years of data

Scientists at the Marine Biological Association and the University of Plymouth are first to confirm a significant increase in open-ocean plastics in recent decades.

Plastics threaten the ocean environment with impacts on marine organisms, economies and human wellbeing. In a research paper published today in the journal Nature Communications, researchers present 60 years of data collected over 6.5 million nautical miles from the North Atlantic, showing a significant increase in larger plastic items such as bags, rope and netting (macroplastics) from 1957 to 2016.

Published 16 April 2019


Marine heatwaves threaten global biodiversity

Extreme weather events occur in the oceans as well as the atmosphere. Marine heatwaves – periods of anomalously high temperatures – are increasing in frequency, with 54% more heatwave days per year from 1987–2016, than from 1925–1954, yet their impacts on species and ecosystems are poorly known.

Published 4 March 2019


Massive biological shifts in the global ocean

A new study shows how a warming ocean has led to unprecedented marine biological changes at the global level over the last decade, and that future changes will be stronger and have more severe effects on the living marine resources that we rely on.

Only a tiny fraction of the ocean is currently monitored for the effects of climate change, which limits our capability to predict its implications for marine biodiversity. Now, using a new model, a European-led, international team of marine scientists—including scientists from the Marine Biological Association (MBA), University of Plymouth and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML)—explains changes in marine communities on a global scale, and predicts that the increase in temperature will lead to major biological changes in the marine realm.

Published 25 February 2019