Be part of a dynamic and dedicated community working to promote research into all aspects of life in the sea.
Promoting life-long engagement with marine biology
As the only Chartered Association that exists solely to support marine biology, Members of the MBA strengthen the voice of the community and the future of the marine environment, through:
- celebrating marine science excellence by validating and connecting expertise around the world.
- enriching early career journeys by nurturing passions and promoting skills development opportunities.
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MBA membership is great value. As well as supporting our work and being part of a global community you also get the following benefits:
- Over 95% off The MBA Journal. Get it online for only £20 or in print for £80.
- Generous discounts off MBA events, courses and conferences
- Discounts off MBA Merchandise
- 15% off titles from leading publishers including Cambridge University Press, Wiley-Blackwell and Eurospan group
- 25% off Wild Nature Press titles
- 10% off Trespass outdoor clothing
Being a member of the MBA is a great way to progress your career as a marine biologist. Students and Young Marine Biologists can apply for bursaries for work at the laboratory, or to support attendance at marine biology events and conferences (up to £100) and all members have access to a database of marine experts and help with study paths and finding marine biology jobs. MBA members also get primary notifications of job vacancies and internships and have networking opportunities at our varied science events, including our Annual General Meeting.
The Marine Biologist is the world’s leading magazine dedicated to the discipline of marine biology. We aim to bring readers the latest in research, communication and education, with contributions from leading names in the field.
Journal of the Marine Biological Association UK (JMBA) is an international journal, publishing original research and reviews on all aspects of marine biology, to support the aims of the MBA.
Marine Biodiversity Records (MBR) is a rapid peer-reviewed, online, open access publication. MBR has been launched in response to the changing marine and coastal environment and an increasing demand for the documentation of marine organisms in locations where they have not formerly been recorded, as well as of species loss from habitats.
The association runs regular courses with generous discounts for our members. Our program of training events is constantly developing to meet the needs of the marine biological community. We welcome course topic suggestions from our members. In addition, the Field Studies Council and Royal Society of Biology offer discounts to MBA members. To find out more about these opportunities and for discount codes contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Marine Policy contact: Dr Matthew Frost at email@example.com
The Marine Biological Association provides a clear, independent voice to decision-makers on behalf of the marine biological community
The MBA is able to provide authoritative expert advice to UK, European and international decision-makers. As well as drawing on the experience and knowledge of its members, the MBA also utilises in-house policy expertise to provide advice and to deliver evidence to inform and support policy. Advice is provided directly such as through meetings with ministers and other decision makers or by means such as providing evidence to parliamentary select committees.
Responding to consultations
The MBA draws on expertise within its membership to provide responses to consultations. A wide range of consultation responses have been provided – further information or copies of the responses can be requested from Dr Matt Frost
Evidence based policy is at the heart of decision making. The MBA ensures that marine biological data and information is available to decision makers and those responsible for managing the marine environment. This is mainly achieved via its data and marine evidence programmes and through dedicated resources such as the Marine Life information Network (MarLIN).
MBA policy advice – a history
The MBA has a long history in engaging with marine policy and management issues and in fact was originally established to answer such questions. In 1866 a Royal Commission on Sea Fisheries, which included Professor Thomas Huxley as one of its members recommended doing away with existing regulations relating to sea fishing as fears relating to over-exploitation of fish were thought to be unfounded. In one of his most famous comments Huxley, in his inaugural address to the International Fisheries Exhibition in London 1883 stated that “I believe that it may be affirmed with confidence that, in relation to our present modes of fishing, a number of the most important sea fisheries, such as the cod fishery, the herring fishery, and the mackerel fishery, are inexhaustible”1.
However, Professor Edwin Ray Lankester put forward the views of many who disagreed with Huxley’s statement by arguing that man could have a significant impact on fish stocks so that “the natural balance is upset”2, 3. Lankester went on to propose the formation of a society to answer such questions and Huxley became the first president of the society when it was established in 18844. The main source of funding came from the UK Government who wanted to support the association’s activities towards the ends of “conducting research, collecting statistics and advising on legislation”. Much support in setting up the MBA was given by the then minister for the Board of Trade (which was then responsible for fisheries) Joseph Chamberlain4.
Although the remit of the MBA became much wider than just fisheries investigations, the Association has continued to make sure that both the scientific research and scientific expertise within the organisation is used to inform policy and management.
- Huxley, T. (1884). Inaugural address. Fisheries Exhibition Literature. 4: 1-22.
- Lankester, E. R. (1884). The scientific results of the exhibition. Fisheries Exhibition Literature. 4: 505 – 445.
- Sims, D. W. & Southward, A. J. (2006). Dwindling fish numbers already of concern in 1883. Nature. 439:660.
- Southward, A. J. & Roberts (1987). The Marine Biological Association 1884 – 1984. One hundred years of marine research. Journal of the Marine Biological Association. 67: 465 – 506.