The importance of independent marine evidence provision in a multi-use environment: MBA information resources and The Marine Life Information Network.

Frost, MT. 2015 The importance of independent marine evidence provision in a multi-use environment: MBA information resources and The Marine Life Information Network.. [Lecture] In: NOC Association 5th Annual Meeting, London, March 30th 2015. (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

One of the most pressing challenges today is the need to manage our oceans on a sustainable basis, balancing opportunities for exploitation with the need for conservation and protection. A vital tool for informing sustainable management is access to accurate, up-to-date marine environmental data and information, which is also seen as ‘independent’ by industry, conservationists, policy-makers and other Stakeholders. The Marine Biological Association has specialised in providing independent evidence for over a century and hosts a number of programmes dedicated to independent evidence provision. For example, the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) is the most comprehensive information resource for the marine environment of the British Isles and also the largest review of the effects of human activities and natural events on marine species and habitats ever undertaken. MarLIN, along with the Data Archive for Seabed Species and Habitats (DASSH and other MBA information resources, is currently being used to support a wide range of UK and European legislation as well as providing vital underpinning information for industry (e.g. through informing EIAs). We provide an overview of MarLIN in particular whilst examining the importance of ‘independent’ scientific information in a multi-use environment.

Item Type: Publication - Conference Item (Lecture)
Divisions: Marine Biological Association of the UK > Knowledge Exchange
Depositing User: Dr Matthew Frost
Date made live: 17 Nov 2015 13:08
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2017 16:14
URI: http://plymsea.ac.uk/id/eprint/6603

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