Conservation measures and guidelines are evidence-based, yet for the marine environment, there has been limited data available for conservation strategies which are required to be undertaken by governments.

WLOs gathering vital dataOur research is providing much needed impartial information on the status and distribution of marine wildlife, particularly cetaceans and seabirds.  MARINElife works in partnership to collect, analyse and report on the status of the marine environment and make this vital evidence available to conservation bodies and decision makers to help them more effectively consider the conservation needs of marine wildlife in policy decisions.


Our research and data has been published widely in scientific journals and at international conferences and is used as an evidence base by Government agencies, including Natural England, JNCC and Defra for marine spatial planning and site safeguarding.  We have also contributed data:

(1) to the Atlas of Cetacean distribution in North-West European Waters

(2) to inform delivery of conservation action for UK Biodiversity Action Plan Priority Species

(3) for a report to JNCC on using ferry survey data for UK Assessment of the Favourable Conservation of Cetaceans under the EU Habitats Directive.

(4) a report for Natural England on the importance of the Farne Deeps for cetaceans and seabirds

(5) a report for JNCC testing the value of the ARC dataset for abundance indices and the power to detect change

Click here to see our publications and research available for download.

The critically endangered Balearic Shearwater

We are actively involved in supplying our research data and carrying out analysis for several projects to define Marine Conservation Zones (MCZ) including Finding Sanctuary and Net Gain.  As a consequence, the Farne Deeps has been proposed as a MCZ.

We are also contributing data to Natural England and JNCC to define Special Protection Areas (SPA's) for Balearic Shearwaters and are involved in a project on Marine Protected Areas.

Our research of the Balearic Shearwaters found off the Dorset and Devon coastline is of fundamental importance in helping to conserve one of Europe's most endangered seabirds. For more information on this particular project please click here.

MARINElife actively encourages co-operation, support and collaboration with many other organisations including those shown below. 

MARINElife PartnersWe also have our own growing policy voice.  Using information provided through our research and education programmes, MARINElife aims to provide early warnings to the general public and policy makers on changes in marine biodiversity and on activities which are having a damaging impact on the marine environment.  We have met with the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Fisheries to discuss worrying trends in dolphin decline we have recorded and highlight the vulnerability of Common Dolphin to bycatch in the English Channel in during the winter months.  We also made a detailed submission to the UK government about the Marine Bill.


MARINElife Discoveries


Threats facing the Marine Environment



Hear some ways in which MARINElife data is used in Conservation by watching the video presentation produced by MARINElife Senior Scientific Advisor, Dr Colin MacLeod for our Supporters Event at Whalefest November 2011 in Brighton.
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