29 June 2017
A comprehensive assessment of the health of the North East Atlantic ocean has been published by the OSPAR Commission, comprising the most up-to-date information on the state of our marine environment and pressures caused by marine activities.
Cefas scientists have made a major contribution to many of the assessment indicators, including biodiversity, benthic habitats, eutrophication (damaging effects of excessive nutrients), hazardous substances and marine litter. In addition, Cefas experts led the non-native species assessment, reports on eutrophication and radioactivity, as well as authoring chapters on climate change and Ecosystem Assessment Outlook.
The parties to the OSPAR Convention for the Protection and Conservation of the North-East Atlantic produce an overview report every ten years on trends in pressures and impacts and the quality status of the North-East Atlantic and its Regions. This intermediate report, which will help some countries to report against the Marine Strategy Framework Directive in 2018, is the culmination of a six-year research and development process to both produce and define new indicators of the state of the marine ecosystem.
Cefas has worked in partnership with a number of organisations over the last six years to provide the range of scientific evidence needed to produce such a comprehensive assessment of OSPAR waters, including members of DEFRA's UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy.
Cefas Chief Scientist, Professor Stuart Rogers said:
“Cefas is proud to have made such a significant contribution to this latest environmental assessment of North East Atlantic Ocean, highlighting the important role we play in enabling the conservation of the international marine environment. The breadth and depth of scientific evidence contained in this assessment will provide a critically important evidence base for governments and policy makers across OSPAR countries.”