The waters off the coast of Berwickshire, in the southeast of Scotland, are some of the most biodiverse and productive in the UK.
The Big Marine Data project aims to address the current lack of collated and integrated data to effectively inform safety and risk at the coast and in inshore waters.
BLUE is supporting the restoration of native oysters in Essex. The native oyster has declined in the UK by over 95% in the last century and the reefs they form are one of the most threatened marine habitats in Europe.
The Lamlash Bay no-take zone on the Isle of Arran is one of only a handful of marine protected areas in the British Isles where all forms of fishing are banned.
Jersey’s waters, with its seagrass, kelp forests and maerl beds, showcase some of the best shallow marine habitats in the British Isles.
In Lyme Bay, BLUE has developed a win-win model that benefits both the marine environment and small-scale fishermen practicing low-impact, responsible fishing.
The North Devon UNESCO Biosphere is home to extraordinary biodiversity.
Currently only four of the UK’s 76 marine protected areas are protected from destructive bottom-trawling and dredging.
National parks are important to 90% of people in the UK but, despite being an island nation with an extraordinary 30,000 kilometres of coastline, we have no national parks in the sea.
Oyster beds filter the water column, removing nitrogen, sequestering carbon and providing habitats for hundreds of species. Tragically, they have disappeared around the UK’s coastline and these critical services have been lost from the environment.