Cefas work with partners across the world, providing our world class science services to meet the needs of a range of governments and commercial companies.
Our Cefas scientists work and collaborate across the world to provide impartial research and advice to address the challenges and harness the opportunities relating to the marine and freshwater environment. Our science helps ensure thriving marine economies, sustainable fisheries and food safety, protects marine biodiversity, and addresses the serious threats of climate change, marine litter and pollution.
This work builds on, and develops deep scientific partnerships to deliver advice and expertise. We share our 115 years of marine and aquatic science experience and contemporary research knowledge and methods to build capability for our customers to sustainably meet their objectives.
Cefas is currently collaborating with partners on major programmes across Europe, the Middle East, South East Asia, the Caribbean, the Pacific and the Arctic. Our science collaborations further extend to other areas of the world, including South America, Oceania and Africa.
Our "end-to-end" services range from the initial design and implementation of complex sampling programmes, to assessments of marine infrastructure impacts, fisheries assessments, climate change impact evaluations.
United Nations World Oceans Assessment
The challenges faced by the oceans are not constrained to a single country or the actions of one nation alone. Collaborative efforts are being developed by international bodies, and our world-class UK scientific and technical expertise has an important role to play in the provision of excellent data and scientific advice to the global community. Cefas' Chief Scientist is the UK Focal Point for the second UN World Ocean Assessment (WOAII). To support this ambitious programme, the UK is nominating scientists who can join international expert panels and contribute to drafting review chapters.
Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme
Cefas is working with some of the most vulnerable Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS), on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and in partnership with the United Kingdom Hydrography Office and National Oceanography Centre to provide data SIDS are unable to access themselves, helping unlock the potential of SIDS marine resources to support their resilience and long-term prosperity.
Blue Belt Programme
Cefas and the Marine Management Organisation are working in partnership to deliver the Blue Belt Programme on behalf of the UK Government. The UK and Overseas Territory (OT) governments are committed to working together to preserve and protect the rich environmental heritage of the OTs, whilst enabling sustainable growth.
UK-Gulf Marine Environmental Partnership
Cefas is working with partner organisations in the Gulf to address the challenges of marine environmental management by strengthening regulation, developing the knowledge-base to inform management, and building capacity for long-term sustainable management. The programme will enable Gulf Cooperation Council states to sustainably use their significant marine resources and realise the potential of their marine-based economies.
Cefas participate in Darwin projects to help protect biodiversity and the natural environment around the world. Through the Darwin Initiative, Cefas work with local groups to support their efforts to meet their objectives from different biological conventions. Cefas have led Darwin projects in the Caribbean and South East Asia. The projects ensure a legacy of data and skills to enable local groups to continue to benefit from an improved understanding of their biodiversity and environments.
Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)
Cefas provide the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with technical and scientific advice in relation to the Antarctic fisheries managed internationally by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR). Through the CCAMLR network, our evidence and advice is shared alongside partner organisations to provide a fuller understanding of Antarctic marine biodiversity.