Cefas is a respected scientific advisor to government bodies, with over 100 years’ experience advising on marine science. This includes providing scientific and technical advice on marine regulatory and policy activities and assessing the potential risks and impacts to the marine environment of a wide range of human activities.
This partnership with the UK Government means we have expert knowledge and understanding of marine legislation and policy, as well as unique insights into the regulatory scrutiny of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Cefas has produced a number of guidance and best practice documents to support critical stages in the assessment of environmental impacts.
We utilise scientific expertise from a wide range of disciplines to provide evidence-based recommendations to avoid, reduce and mitigate impacts on the marine environment. We have direct experience of EIA management and coordination through a range of diverse projects, and we promote a consistent and comprehensive approach to assessing marine environment impacts.
We have extensive experience in implementing marine planning, including the development of a bespoke set of planning tools for the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), and leading projects for the Welsh Government to analyse the impact of marine planning, establishing the evidence base for marine planning and assisting in the drafting of the Welsh National Marine Plan.
Cefas is currently working to establish a science-based resolution to the complex problem of cumulative effects assessment. This involves leading national and international projects for the OSPAR Commission and the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), in which environmental risk assessment principles are applied to understand what constitutes an effective cumulative effects assessment.
We deliver highly innovative research and solutions to help reduce and manage human impact on the environment. Our input into new designs for floating and deep water turbines means that environmental issues are considered prior to the development of expensive prototypes. This reduces risk during design and avoids expensive delays during licensing.
Cefas also plays a key role in protecting biodiversity by contributing to an ecologically coherent network of marine protected areas around the UK. This work ranges from providing Defra with scientific and technical advice to inform policy development to employing our state-of-the-art monitoring and habitat mapping expertise.