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Evidence and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

Marine Management Organisation evidence strategy, requirements and reports

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

Evidence strategy

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.

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.

Read our evidence requirements register or see below for our current evidence requirement delivery plans.

Evidence reports

Knowledge sharing and collaboration is an important part of our evidence strategy. All our evidence reports are published and available online.

Search our evidence projects register

Evidence reports published before March 2014 are available from the national archives.

Contact

For further information on our evidence strategy, evidence requirements or published reports email the MMO evidence team.

Evidence requirements

Delivery plans 2018

  1. Non-licensable activity impacts on Marine Protected Areas

    • Research and analysis

Delivery plans 2017

  1. Aquaculture sites

    • Research and analysis
  2. Approaches to maintaining knowledge on location of ephemeral features

    • Research and analysis
  3. Seasonal risks of marine activities

    • Research and analysis
  4. National level environmental assessments

    • Research and analysis
  5. Spatial identification and categorisation of areas of particular importance to fish populations

    • Research and analysis
  6. The environmental impacts of marine litter

    • Research and analysis
  7. The sensitivity of local communities to landward vehicle movements

    • Research and analysis
  8. Loss of fringing habitat and transitional communities from coastal squeeze

    • Research and analysis
  9. Identifying where existing EIAs/HRAs can/should inform new assessments

    • Research and analysis
  10. Marine species migration pathways

    • Research and analysis
  11. The contribution of shipping to the English economy

    • Research and analysis
  12. Predicting the future location and potential value of sites of aquaculture development

    • Research and analysis
  13. Bird collision risk and avoidance of renewable energy devices above and below water

    • Research and analysis
  14. Seasonal bird density and key foraging areas

    • Research and analysis
  15. Impacts of climate change at scales applicable to marine planning

    • Research and analysis
  16. Distribution and condition of protected species and habitats

    • Research and analysis
  17. Natural Capital and Ecosystem Service approaches to management

    • Research and analysis
  18. Pressures of different fishing gear

    • Research and analysis
  19. Acclimation of birds to disturbance from marine activities

    • Research and analysis
  20. Improved spatial data on activity distribution and intensity

    • Research and analysis
  21. Continued development of standardised methods for describing environmental pressures and sensitivities

    • Research and analysis
  22. Novel technologies to reduce risks to marine protected areas

    • Research and analysis
  23. Temporal variability of priority marine species and habitats

    • Research and analysis
  24. Co-location displacement in the marine area, the likelihood and impact on marine activities

    • Research and analysis
  25. Impact of external pressures on fisheries in Western Waters (area 7)

    • Research and analysis
  26. Evaluation of marine protected area management measures concerning fishing

    • Research and analysis
  27. Innovative and novel approaches to wildlife enforcement

    • Research and analysis
  28. Alternative use of dredged material

    • Research and analysis
  29. Environmental carrying capacities

    • Research and analysis
  30. The social and economic benefit of commercial and recreational fishing

    • Research and analysis
  31. Marine species migration pathways

    • Research and analysis
  32. Climate Change

    • News story
  33. Co-location displacement in the marine area

    • Research and analysis
  34. Valuing nature

    • Research and analysis
  35. Social and economic benefits of comm and recreational fishing

    • Research and analysis
  36. Fishing gear pressures

    • Research and analysis
  37. Social and economic baseline in Marine Protected Areas

    • Research and analysis
  38. Novel enforcement approaches

    • Research and analysis
  39. Habitat conversion

    • Research and analysis
  40. Fish habitats

    • Research and analysis
  41. Social baseline

    • Research and analysis
  42. Standard methods

    • Research and analysis
  43. Seasonal impacts of activities

    • Research and analysis

Delivery plans 2016

  1. Approaches for monitoring the impact of marine plans

    • Research and analysis
  2. The location, condition and features of significant sites for habitat creation or restoration

    • Research and analysis
  3. The baseline social environment of the English marine plan areas

    • Research and analysis
  4. A review of non-lethal deterrents suitable for control of seals from fishing vessels

    • Research and analysis
  5. The direct and indirect impacts of implementing days at sea schemes

    • Research and analysis
  6. Stock assessment for scallops

    • Research and analysis
  7. Seascape Characterisation and Visual Impact in Marine Areas

    • Research and analysis
  8. Redefining physical oceanographic conditions to determine extent of sediment plumes as a result of dredge disposal at disposal sites

    • Research and analysis
  9. Future trends analysis for marine sectors, activities and protected areas

    • Research and analysis
  10. The baseline social and economic environment local to marine protected areas

    • Research and analysis
  11. The baseline economic environment of the English marine plan areas

    • Research and analysis

Evidence reports

All our published evidence project reports and findings are available from our Evidence Projects Register.

Our latest evidence project reports are also available below.

  1. Marine licence review (MMO 1126)

    • Research and analysis
  2. Economic baseline assessment for the North East, North West, South East and South West marine plans (MMO 1119)

    • Research and analysis
  3. Evidence projects register

    • Research and analysis
  4. Modelling marine recreation potential in England (MMO 1064)

    • Research and analysis
  5. Exploring the potential of using Office for National Statistics (ONS) data for Marine Planning (MMO 1075)

    • Research and analysis
  6. Scoping the opportunities and challenges to using a core fishing grounds approach to develop a spatial marine plan policy for fishing (MMO 1074)

    • Research and analysis
  7. Potential spatial effects of climate change in the South and East Marine Plan Areas (MMO1077)

    • Research and analysis
  8. Follow on to the development of Spatial Models of Essential Fish Habitat for the South Inshore and Offshore Marine Plan Areas (MMO1096)

    • Research and analysis
  9. Futures analysis for the North East, North West, South East and South West marine plan areas (MMO 1127)

    • Research and analysis
Published 11 June 2014
Last updated 11 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Non-licensable activity impacts on Marine Protected Areas added
  2. Delivery reports added
  3. Marine licence review (MMO 1126) added
  4. Approaches to maintaining knowledge on location of ephemeral features added
  5. Seasonal risks of marine activities added
  6. National level environmental assessments added
  7. The social and economic benefit of commercial and recreational fishing added
  8. Environmental carrying capacities added
  9. Alternative use of dredged material added
  10. Innovative and novel approaches to wildlife enforcement added
  11. Reports added
  12. New delivery plans added
  13. New plans added
  14. Delivery plans added
  15. New reports added
  16. Evidence requirement Identifying where existing EIAs/HRAs can/should inform new assessments published
  17. 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
  18. Delivery plans Spatial identification and categorisation of areas of particular importance to fish populations and The intensity and impacts of marine recreation published
  19. Report MMO 1119: Economic baseline assessment for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plans published
  20. The location, condition and features of significant sites for habitat creation or restoration added
  21. The baseline social environment of the English marine plan areas added
  22. Evidence requirements R103 and R086 published
  23. New delivery plans
  24. Evidence Strategy Part 2 and evidence requirement delivery plans published
  25. New reports added
  26. Evidence Supporting the Use of Environmental Remediation to Improve Water Quality in the South Marine Plan Areas added
  27. Title changed to Evidence and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
  28. High level review of current UK action level summary (1053) report added and evidence gaps spreadsheet added
  29. Underwater noise report added
  30. Text changed and link added: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evidence-strategy-for-the-marine-management-organisation-mmo
  31. Integration of the Ecosystem Approach into Marine Planning in England report added
  32. Added new report - MMO1055 a strategic framework for scoping cumulative effects
  33. MMO1060 uploaded
  34. MMO1067 added
  35. First published.