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UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS)

The UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS) aims to provide a better integrated understanding of our marine environment.

Safeguarding our Seas (2002) (PDF 650KB) set out a vision for ‘clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas’ and started a process which changed the UK’s approach to monitoring and assessment of our seas. It led to the publication of Charting Progress, the first integrated assessment of our seas, in 2005. This provided a baseline for the state of our marine environment and recommended the development of a UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy (UKMMAS). The UKMMAS community has over 40 members including marine agencies, research institutes, universities, environmental organisations and industries. 

In July 2010 the UKMMAS community published Charting Progress 2. This assessment of the state of UK seas  is based on robust, peer-reviewed evidence and describes progress since 2005 towards achieving the UK vision. The Government Commentary on Charting Progress 2  highlights the important messages coming from UKMMAS’ work and our approach to them, including how the UKMMAS community will provide the necessary monitoring for the implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

The UKMMAS community now reports to the UK Marine Science Co-ordination Committee.

UKMMAS works with the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN), a partnership of UK organisations committed to improving access to marine data. UKMMAS contributes to the:

  • MERMAN database which has evidence of contaminants, biological effects and biology from 80 sites around the UK; and  
  • UK Marine and Coastal Resource Atlas, part of the MAGIC  initiative, which contains environmental and other resource datasets covering the Great Britain coastline and marine areas of the UK Continental Shelf.

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Page last modified: 26 October 2010