Working with our members to provide a clear, independent voice to decision-makers on behalf of the marine biological community


The MBA provides authoritative expert advice to UK, European and international decision-makers on a breadth of issues from marine science funding to marine environmental management and protection. The MBA draws upon the wealth of experience of its Members, collating opinions and expertise to provide a clear, independent and unified voice to decision-makers on behalf of the marine biological community. The MBA also runs its own dedicated research and knowledge exchange programmes that have a long history of providing evidence to underpin decision-making. 


The MBA represents an international marine community with Members around the world.

Members of the MBA actively influence the future

of marine biology through policy, here's how...


Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are voluntary groups which operate to benefit of a specialist field or geographic area. SIGs are governed by a committee of MBA Members but all SIGs are open for all Members to participate in as corresponding Members.

The group may engage in a range of activities including

  • A first point of contact for the MBA for a specific topic and/or location
  • A mechanism for the MBA to obtain specific advice on an issue and/or input to consultations and other requests
  • A forum to develop ideas / proposals or highlight issues for consideration by the MBA
  • A platform for collaboration between the MBA and local/national/international institutes and associations.
  • Promote the MBA values and membership.
  • Attend meetings on request if available.

If you would like to present a proposal for a SIG, please contact

Mediterranean SIG: The MBA has recently established a new SIG in the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean SIG will focus on marine research and conservation in the Mediterranean basin. If you would like to join the SIG or find out more, please contact the Chair of the Mediterranean SIG,





    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.




    The MBA provides clear, scientific information in the form of advice to the UK Government. The MBA is asked to sit on panels, to provide oral evidence to Select Committees, and answer parliamentary questions to feed accurate up-to-date information into current discussions. 

    As a Royal Chartered charity, the MBA is respected for its knowledge and independent commitment to the field derived from its Membership and Association. The expertise and independent research carried out by MBA Members and researchers supplies non-bias factual information straight to the decision-makers.



    Evidence based policy is at the heart of responsible decision-making. The MBA ensures that marine biological data and information is available to decision-makers and those responsible for managing the marine environment through a variety of activities:


    On the ground 

    Our Policy Team is regularly out and about. Whether they are giving talks at local groups or conferences or teaching policy modules on university courses, the MBA is working hard to encourage understanding of the decision-making process, our role within it (individually and as an Association), and how, together, we can actively influence the future of marine biology.

    If you’d like a talk or resources in your area, please contact