How the MBA helps shape marine policy.

Members of the MBA actively influence the future

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




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:




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.


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.

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