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Defra completed a major review of its marine research in early 2009 and has adopted a new marine research programme structure, which covers marine environment, marine biodiversity and marine fisheries.
The new programme allows us to focus much of our research efforts on understanding the impact that pressures (such as pollutants, construction, emergency oil spills) have on the state of the marine environment, assessing whether the impact is of significance, and evaluating alternative management strategies.
It also integrates our sustainable marine fisheries research with our wider marine research. The marine fisheries research assists managers in restoring and maintaining healthy fish stocks; adopting an ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management; and promoting and supporting a profitable and sustainable fishing industry.