To represent the views of the wider marine biological community, the MBA regularly contributes evidence and advice provided by our Members to government consultations and parliamentary inquiries. We seek to collate the opinions and expertise of our Members to provide a clear, independent and unified voice to decision-makers on behalf of the marine biological community. 

  

We are currently collating responses to the consultation below. If you would like to contribute your expertise or opinion to be incorporated in the MBA’s official response, please register your interest with our Head of Policy, Dr Matt Frost at policy@mba.ac.uk

  

Consultation name: no current consultation
Responses required by: no current consultation

  

  

If you are interested in supporting and steering the future of marine biology at a policy level, please consider becoming a Member of the MBA. Your expertise is needed to amplify the voice of marine biology.

The Marine Biological Association contributes evidence and advice to government consultations and parliamentary enquiries.

To represent the views of the wider marine biological community, the MBA regularly contributes evidence and advice provided by our members to government consultations and parliamentary inquiries. 

Find our document library below detailing our recent responses to Government consultations and parliamentary inquiries.


Over the last decade, the MBA has been active in these areas:

• Protection for the marine environment
• Marine strategies
• Publishing research/journals/open access
• Fisheries and aquaculture
• Brexit
• Ocean observation
• Non-natives
• Dredging and disposal
• Sustainability

 
If there is an issue you would like to see the MBA get involved in or feel is under-represented, please contact Dr Matt Frost, Head of Policy, at policy@mba.ac.uk +44 (0) 1752 426343


2019

Consultation on the Marine Strategy Part 1: UK Updated Assessment and Good Environmental Status​

June 2019

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on the Marine Strategy Part 1: UK Updated Assessment and Good Environmental Status.

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Consultation on the South West Marine Plan

March 2019

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on the South West Marine Plan Iteration 3 Engagement.

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Guidance on the Implementation of Plan S

February 2019

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to cOAlition S' consultation on the Implementation Guidance of Plan S.


2018

Consultation on environmental principles and accountability for the environment

August 2018

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on environmental principles and accountability for the environment in England following the UK’s exit from the EU.

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Consultation on the EOOS Strategy and Implementation Plan 2018

June 2018

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the European Ocean Observing System consultation on their Strategy and Implementation Plan 2018.

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Inquiry on Sustainable Seas

May 2018

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Science Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry into sustainable seas.


2016

Inquiry on Marine Protected Areas

December 2016

The Marine Biological Association, represented by Dr Matthew Frost, gave oral evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Marine Protection Areas Revisited inquiry.

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Inquiry on the implications and opportunities that leaving the EU would have for science and research

August 2016

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into the effect that leaving the EU could have on both science and research in the UK.


2015

Inquiry on the Relationship between EU Membership and the Effectiveness of Science, Research and Innovation in the UK

November 2015

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into the relationship between EU membership and the effectiveness of science, research and innovation in the UK.

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Consultation on the Second Tranche of Marine Conservation Zones

April 2015

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on the second round of Marine Conservation Zone designations.

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Consultation on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Proposals for UK Programme of Measures

April 2015

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on a proposal for UK measures related to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.


2014

Consultation on Proposals for Long-term Capital Investment in Science and Research

June 2014

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills’ consultation on proposals for long-term capital investment in science and research, as part of Creating the Future: A 2020 vision for science and research.

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Consultation on Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Proposals for UK marine monitoring programmes

April 2014

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on proposals for marine monitoring programmes as part of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

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Inquiry into Marine Protected Areas

January 2014

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Marine Protected Areas inquiry.


2013

Consultation on Draft Scottish Marine Litter Strategy

September 2013

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to Marine Scotland’s consultation on the Draft Scottish Marine Litter Strategy.

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Consultation on Marine Conservation Zones

May 2013

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on Marine Conservation Zones.

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Consultation on the Draft Scottish Marine Regions Order

February 2013

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to Marine Scotland’s consultation on the Draft Scottish Marine Regions Order 2013.


2012

Investigation into Marine Science

September 2012

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Marine Science inquiry. Dr Matthew Frost also gave oral evidence to the committee in December 2012.

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Consultation on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: UK initial assessment and proposals for good environmental status

June 2012

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on proposals for good environmental status as part of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

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Consultation on Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill

February 2012

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to Marine Scotland’s consultation on the Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill.


2011

Consultation on Scottish Marine Regions: Defining their boundaries

February 2011

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to Marine Scotland’s consultation on the creation of Scottish Marine Regions.


2010

Consultation on a Marine Planning System for England

October 2010

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on the creation of a marine planning system for England.

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Consultation on the UK Marine Policy Statement:  Appraisal of sustainability

October 2010

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on the UK marine policy statement, as well as a pre-consultation on the draft statement.

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Consultation for proposed marine shellfish farm in Lyme Bay

March 2010

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to East Devon Council regarding a proposed marine shellfish farm (Offshore Shellfish Ltd.) in Lyme Bay.

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Consultation on whether to establish a Marine Protected Area in the British Indian Ocean Territory

March 2010

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s consultation on the creation of a Marine Protected Area in British Indian Ocean Territory.

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Consultation on Marine Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas

February 2010

The Marine Biological Association contributed to written evidence submitted by the Plymouth Marine Science Partnership to Natural England, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and the Countryside Council for Wales’ consultation on two possible marine Special Areas of Conservation (Prawle Point to Plymouth Sound and Eddystone, Poole Bay to Lyme Bay).

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Consultation on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: Legal framework for implementation

January 2010

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.


2009

Consultation on Ecological Impact Assessment in Britain and Ireland

November 2009

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management’s consultation on guidelines for ecological impact assessment in Britain and Ireland: Marine and Coastal Consultation Document.

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Consultation on a Draft Strategy for Marine Protected Areas

July 2009

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on Delivering marine conservation zones and European Marine Sites: A draft strategy for marine protected areas.


2008

Consultation on Our Seas: a Shared Resource

September 2008

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on Our Seas: a Shared Resource – High level marine objectives.

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Consultation on the Draft Marine Bill 2008

June 2008

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on the Draft Marine Bill 2008. Dr Matthew Frost also gave oral evidence to the House of Commons and House of Lords Joint Committee’s inquiry on the Draft Marine Bill in June 2008. This was supported by additional written evidence in June 2008.


2007

Consultation on Measures to Protect Biodiversity in Lyme Bay

December 2007

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on measures to protect biodiversity in Lyme Bay.

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Consultation on the Marine Bill White Paper

June 2007

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affair’s consultation on the Marine Bill White Paper.

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Consultation on Non-native Species Framework Strategy

May 2007

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the GB Invasive Non-Native Species Strategy.

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Consultation on a Future Maritime Policy for the European Union

February 2007

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the European Union’s consultation on a future maritime policy for the union.

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Consultation on Scotland’s First Coastal and Marine National Park

January 2007

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department’s consultation on Scotland’s first coastal and marine national park.

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Investigating the Ocean

January 2007

The Marine Biological Association submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee’s Investigating the Ocean inquiry. This was followed up by further evidence submitted in February 2008 following the Governmental response to the inquiry.

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Is there an issue you would like to see the MBA get involved in? Are you are interested in working with the MBA on our marine science policy work?

  

For all marine policy enquiries, please contact Dr Matt Frost, Head of Policy at policy@mba.ac.uk

  

+44 (0) 1752 426343