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In 2011/12 the marine and maritime sector, excluding fishing and oil and gas, provided a gross value added contribution to GDP of £35bn, supported 703,000 jobs and contributed £9.2bn to the UK exchequer.


The Marine Science Co-ordination Committee (MSCC) is composed of senior representatives of the major marine science funding Departments, the Devolved Administrations, the key marine science providers and four independent members.  Established in 2008, in response to a House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Report, ‘Investigating the Oceans, it reports directly to a group of Ministers, chaired by the UK Marine Science Minister. It is the successor body to the Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology (IACMST).

The MSCC has two main responsibilities: to deliver the UK Marine Science Strategy; and to improve UK marine science co-ordination. The MSCC published the first UK Marine Science Strategy in February 2010.  It is a 15 year Strategy and was developed with significant input from the UK marine science community.  It sets the general direction of travel for future marine science across the UK for the period 2010 to 2025.

In  order to save public money, the MSCC webpages are hosted on one of its members’ sites – Defra.

Latest news

  1. MSCC is working with industry and the Marine Industries Leadership Council to progress major opportunities for UK marine science, and to further strengthen UK’s marine science ‘brand’ internationally.
  2. The MSCC group overseeing the strategic coordination of the UK’s fleet of large, public sector research vessels is focusing on improving links and co-operation with industry; identifying skill shortages; and ways to access European funding.
  3. MSCC is addressing issues of operational data collection that make better use of industry, models, autonomous vehicles to address funding reductions in a joined-up way.
  4. Key areas for MSCC to develop will be refining its work on science alignment and, through the Ocean Processes Evidence Group, renew focus on coordination of monitoring ocean processes.
  5. Following its recent review, MSCC will be building on its strengths and acting on areas for improvement identified in the review.

The next MSCC meeting will be held on Wednesday 12 March 2014 in London. The meeting after that has been arranged for Wednesday 10 September 2014  in Cardiff, Wales.



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