Explore the map below to see what the team are working on, or see the list of projects at the bottom of this page.

Current projects shown as green dots, past projects in orange .

Current projects


A cross-Channel project that uses innovative underwater acoustic tracking technology to identify habitats that are critically important to a range of marine species at various stages of their life histories

Lyme Bay Reef Recovery: Long-term Monitoring Research

Assessing the long term recovery of the Lyme Bay marine protection area using non-destructive video arrays.

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park Long-term Monitoring Research

Working in partnership with Marine Conservation Society to to tablish a baseline of information about biodiversity and habitat health in the Plymouth Sound.

Berwickshire MPAs

Working in partnership with the Blue Marine Foundation to build an ecological baseline of the coastal Marine Protected Areas in Berwickshire, Scotland, and its surrounds.

Marine Giants

Marine Giants explored novel, cost-effective, fishery-independent methods to survey pelagic marine species in UK coastal waters.

Offshore Mussel Farm Ecology

The Offshore Mussel Farm Ecology project is investigating the impact that Europe’s biggest mussel farm is having on the surrounding ecosystem. 

Lundy No Take Zone

Studying the ecological effects of a no take zone around Lundy Island, 19 years after its designation.

Past Projects


Recover-Reef picks up the baton from the RETURN project, monitoring the changes brought about by the cessation of bottom towed fishing in Lyme Bay, southwest England. Recover-Reef will add evidence to evaluate how management approaches lend themselves to the recovery of reef systems which support commercially important shellfish and finfish stocks.

RETURN: Reserve Effects Tested and Understood to validate ReturN

RETURN extends the Lyme Bay monitoring programme through to 2019, building on what is already the most comprehensive dataset for temperate reef ecosystems globally.

Immature Bass Acoustic Stock Surveillance

I-BASS investigates how European bass, Dicentrarchus labrax, use nursery areas through the tagging of juvenile bass and installation of acoustic arrays in three bass nursery areas in the southwest of England. 

Response Of predators to Protection and Enhancement

ROPE focuses on how mobile species of commercial importance (e.g. brown crab, Cancer pagurus, and European seabass, Dicentrarchus labrax) interact with an offshore longline mussel farm using acoustic telemetry. 


Spillover aims to determine if economically valuable fisheries species (brown crab, lobster, European bass) that have been observed to be accumulating at the offshore mussel farm spill over into adjacent fishing grounds used by the Dorset & East Devon FLAG inshore fishing communities.

BIOTA: British Indian Ocean Territories Atoll project

BIOTA investigates the effects of deep ocean water flushing upon planktonic communities within the coral atolls of the British Indian Ocean Territory including Diego Garcia, Peros Banhos, Salomon and Egmont.

Defining thresholds for optimal fishing

The potting intensity project aims to assess the impact of static potting on benthic reef habitats as well as commercially targeted species within the Lyme Bay MPA. 

Strategic Environmental Assessment of Wave energy technologies

SEA Wave  focuses on the environmental response to the installation of wave energy converters in Orkney, Scotland. The project aims to address the long term environmental concerns regarding the development of wave energy.

SCILL-E: Site Classification to Inform Sustainable Lives and Livelihoods for Fisheries and Ecosystems

Working with the Isles of Scilly IFCA to build baseline information about the habitats and species in the waters around Scilly.

Clean Energy From Ocean Waves

CEFOW incorporates environmental monitoring to aid the understanding of the ecological consequences of upscaling from single to multiple wave energy devices and contextualise device-specific ecological responses. 

Jersey MPAs

Evaluating habitats and species in the MPAs around Jersey where mobile fishing gear has recently been banned, as well as socio-economic responses to this approach to fisheries management.

Sea fangles

Gorgonian coral (pink sea fan) skeletons have been observed on beaches across southwest England entangled in marine debris. We worked with citizen scientists and students at the University of Plymouth to assess the composition and distribution of these “sea fangles” from around southwest England.

Wave Hub

Studying the habitats and species at Wave Hub to evaluate the impacts of a renewable energy installation off the Cornish coast.