Our seas are vast and complex and there is much still to learn and understand about their delicate ecosystems. Access to high quality evidence is critical to this.
Evidence influences much of our work, ensuring we continue to make informed decisions using the most up to date research to manage the increasing demands on the marine environment and its resources
The Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO) Evidence Strategy 2015 to 2020, sets out our evidence requirements and how they will be delivered over the next five years, increasing access to high quality research and improving understanding of the marine environment.
Part 1 of the strategy was published in July 2015. It identifies and prioritises evidence gaps and sets out existing delivery functions and the associated evidence base for these functions.
Part 2 of the strategy was published August 2016. It sets out how knowledge exchange, partnership and influencing research will be used to deliver our future evidence requirements.
As part of the strategy development we reviewed our evidence requirements. Each evidence requirement has a more detailed Evidence Delivery Plan. This includes research requirements, how the evidence will be used, a proposed method for filling the gap and a summary of existing evidence and current activity.
Non-licensable activity impacts on Marine Protected Areas added
Delivery reports added
Marine licence review (MMO 1126) added
Approaches to maintaining knowledge on location of ephemeral features added
Seasonal risks of marine activities added
National level environmental assessments added
The social and economic benefit of commercial and recreational fishing added
Environmental carrying capacities added
Alternative use of dredged material added
Innovative and novel approaches to wildlife enforcement added
New delivery plans added
New plans added
Delivery plans added
New reports added
Evidence requirement Identifying where existing EIAs/HRAs can/should inform new assessments published
New delivery plans published:
Loss of fringing habitat and transitional communities from coastal squeeze
The sensitivity of local communities to landward vehicle movements
The environmental impacts of marine litter
Delivery plans Spatial identification and categorisation of areas of particular importance to fish populations and The intensity and impacts of marine recreation published
Report MMO 1119: Economic baseline assessment for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plans published
The location, condition and features of significant sites for habitat creation or restoration added
The baseline social environment of the English marine plan areas added
Evidence requirements R103 and R086 published
New delivery plans
Evidence Strategy Part 2 and evidence requirement delivery plans published
New reports added
Evidence Supporting the Use of Environmental Remediation to Improve Water Quality in the South Marine Plan Areas added
Title changed to Evidence and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
High level review of current UK action level summary (1053) report added and evidence gaps spreadsheet added
Underwater noise report added
Text changed and link added: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evidence-strategy-for-the-marine-management-organisation-mmo
Integration of the Ecosystem Approach into Marine Planning in England report added
Added new report - MMO1055 a strategic framework for scoping cumulative effects