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.

Evidence reports

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


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

Published 23 May 2018
Last updated 3 August 2020 + show all updates
  1. R140 added to evidence requirement list

  2. Evidence requirement R142 added to evidence requirements

  3. Updating evidence register with MMO1131

  4. Evidence register updated with: MMO1167, MMO1191, MMO1192, MMO1193, MMO1194

  5. Adding MMO1204 to projects completed in 2020

  6. MMO1163 updated from ongoing to Completed 2020

  7. Addition of R141 to register

  8. Evidence register updated with MMO1164

  9. MMO1184 has been added to projects completed in 2019

  10. Project MMO1204 added to register

  11. updating completed 2019 projects MMO1132

  12. updating projects register

  13. MMO1152 moved to completed 2019

  14. 2019 updates made

  15. Duplicate removed

  16. MMO1135 moved to completed in 2019

  17. MMO1190 moved from ongoing to complete

  18. Alternative use of dredge material in the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas (MMO1190) report link added

  19. move MMO1135 from ongoing to Completed

  20. R32: Innovation and technology are developing at an increasing rate. The MMO needs to understand how to apply these new approaches added

  21. mmo 1155 added

  22. R136 - Seascape quality, value and capacity for change added

  23. New projects added

  24. R095 removed

  25. MMO 1131 added

  26. MMO 1134 added

  27. 129, 130 and 131 updated

  28. 1139 added

  29. First published.