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 21 January 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated partnership page with ongoing & historic project details

  2. updates to register and ongoing projects

  3. MMO1151 added to evidence register

  4. QA evidence process attachment added to page

  5. Partnerships programs added

  6. Evidence requirements - New section created for fulfilled evidence requirements

  7. R140 added to evidence requirement list

  8. Evidence requirement R142 added to evidence requirements

  9. Updating evidence register with MMO1131

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

  11. Adding MMO1204 to projects completed in 2020

  12. MMO1163 updated from ongoing to Completed 2020

  13. Addition of R141 to register

  14. Evidence register updated with MMO1164

  15. MMO1184 has been added to projects completed in 2019

  16. Project MMO1204 added to register

  17. updating completed 2019 projects MMO1132

  18. updating projects register

  19. MMO1152 moved to completed 2019

  20. 2019 updates made

  21. Duplicate removed

  22. MMO1135 moved to completed in 2019

  23. MMO1190 moved from ongoing to complete

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

  25. move MMO1135 from ongoing to Completed

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

  27. mmo 1155 added

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

  29. New projects added

  30. R095 removed

  31. MMO 1131 added

  32. MMO 1134 added

  33. 129, 130 and 131 updated

  34. 1139 added

  35. First published.