Guidance: Evidence and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

Marine Management Organisation

October 23
12:09 2019


Our seas are vast and complex and there is much still to learn and understand about their delicate ecosystems. Access to high quality evidence is critical to this.

Evidence influences much of our work, ensuring we continue to make informed decisions using the most up to date research to manage the increasing demands on the marine environment and its resources

Evidence strategy

The Marine Management Organisations (MMO) Evidence Strategy 2015 to 2020, sets out our evidence requirements and how they will be delivered over the next five years, increasing access to high quality research and improving understanding of the marine environment.

Part 1 of the strategy was published in July 2015. It identifies and prioritises evidence gaps and sets out existing delivery functions and the associated evidence base for these functions.

Part 2 of the strategy was published August 2016. It sets out how knowledge exchange, partnership and influencing research will be used to deliver our future evidence requirements.

Evidence requirements

As part of the strategy development we reviewed our evidence requirements. Each evidence requirement has a more detailed Evidence Delivery Plan. This includes research requirements, how the evidence will be used, a proposed method for filling the gap and a summary of existing evidence and current activity.

Evidence reports

Knowledge sharing and collaboration is an important part of our evidence strategy. All our evidence reports are published and available online.


For further information on our evidence strategy, evidence requirements or published reports email the MMO evidence team.

Published 23 May 2018
Last updated 23 October 2019 +show all updates
  1. 2019 updates made
  2. Duplicate removed
  3. MMO1135 moved to completed in 2019
  4. MMO1190 moved from ongoing to complete
  5. Alternative use of dredge material in the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas (MMO1190) report link added
  6. move MMO1135 from ongoing to Completed
  7. R32: Innovation and technology are developing at an increasing rate. The MMO needs to understand how to apply these new approaches added
  8. mmo 1155 added
  9. R136 - Seascape quality, value and capacity for change added
  10. New projects added
  11. R095 removed
  12. MMO 1131 added
  13. MMO 1134 added
  14. 129, 130 and 131 updated
  15. 1139 added
  16. First published.

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