UK Marine Science Boosted by New UEA Research Centre

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Some of the most pressing challenges the world faces in its seas, from climate change to energy and food security, will now be tackled by a new marine science centre which launches today in Norwich.

The Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Use of the Seas (CCSUS) brings together more than 40 scientists from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

They will combine leading-edge marine science with practical expertise and the latest technological know-how to ensure that our seas and oceans are used sustainably for the benefit of people in the UK and worldwide.

Scientists based at Cefas in Lowestoft and UEA will collaborate with policymakers, advisers and industry to support UK and international marine policy in a range of areas including, marine fisheries, energy and conservation.

Projects are expected to search for real-world solutions to big issues, such as responding to the impact of marine climate change on wildlife and fisheries or of extreme events on coasts and coastal communities, managing the extraction of aggregates from the seabed while protecting marine habitats and understanding how ocean circulation changes the risks of oil spills.

Speaking at the launch of the Centre, Fisheries Minister George Eustice said:

The UK is already a world-leader in marine science and this new centre will bring together experts and the latest technology to help keep us at the forefront of innovation.

“By collaborating and making sure policy decisions are based on sound scientific evidence, we will be able to create and maintain a healthy marine environment for years to come.”

UEA Vice Chancellor Prof David Richardson said: “The launch of CCSUS builds on the engagement and goodwill that has characterised 50 years of existing interaction between UEA and Cefas. Through this exciting new enterprise, we will combine our strength and expertise in the marine environment, climate science, provision of policy advice and scientific excellence. The Centre heralds a new era of partnership between Cefas, UEA and the wider Norwich Research Park.”

Cefas Chief Scientist Stuart Rogers said: “CCSUS seeks to deliver a step change in scientific collaboration, by providing practical solutions to pressing challenges for marine systems and society. It aims to combine the very best of UEA marine research with Cefas applied science and monitoring capability. By working together, UEA and Cefas will increase our science impact, win new income to develop innovative research opportunities, and build our reputation for excellent science and career opportunities.”