Impact Case Study: Marine mammal conservation – from policy to bycatch reduction

Predicted density
Predicted density of harbour porpoise in 2005.

The research resulted in primary legislation and provided government with the evidence used when implementing the measures set out within legislation. Specifically, this concerned:

  • Enabling effective conservation of marine mammals in UK, EU and international waters
  • Defining UK and EU policy objectives for marine mammal conservation
  • Delivering UK obligations arising from EU legal instruments
  • Reducing marine mammal bycatch by over 90% in key fisheries
  • This work, together with connected public outreach, was awarded the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2011 for excellence in research supporting better governance of the ocean.

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