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Our mission is two-fold. Firstly, to undertake scientifically excellent research that generates greater understanding of the marine and aquatic environment, the threats it faces, its linkages and interactions with freshwater, terrestrial and atmospheric systems, and its relationship with human society. Secondly, to use this greater understanding to effect demonstrable change in the way in which the marine environment is appreciated, managed, protected and valued. We consider each of these two activities to be equally important with the objectives and organisational structures described below reflecting our social responsibility towards supporting a healthy, clean, biologically diverse and sustainably managed ocean.

Fishing boat at sea
Fishing boat at sea

Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture

Fisheries and aquaculture are important contributors to global food security. Critical issues affecting fisheries are overseen by international strategies: in particular, SDG 14 Life Below Water provides targets on sustainable fishing, supporting small-scale fisheries and countering illegal fishing. PML seeks to achieve societal impact through contributions to these international efforts.

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Icebergs in the arctic
Icebergs in the arctic

Climate change

The marine environment is fundamental to regulating Earth’s climate and has greatly slowed the rate of climate change, however this has come at a cost and the ocean has warmed, acidified and lost oxygen, whilst circulation patterns are changing, and sea levels are rising. To manage these challenges it is vital to understand the interplay between the climate, the ocean and its ecosystems and resources to support sustainable ocean management.

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Fish in a clean sea
Fish in a clean sea

Cleaner seas

The marine environment is impacted by human activities which have variable effects on the health of the ocean and its capacity to provide for us. Whilst some impacts are very visible, others are less obvious, and whilst some are benign, others are very harmful.

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Shoal of fish
Shoal of fish

Biodiversity

Our vision is for the restoration of diverse and productive ecosystems that are maintained and managed sustainably.

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Yellow E1 data buoy at sea
Yellow E1 data buoy at sea

Autonomy, technology and digitisation

Advances in marine technology can deliver economic benefits and improve the management, sustainability and governance of marine and coastal environments. Our scientists, modellers and technologists operate at the forefront of marine technology development.

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