During the last two decades, changes in public attitude toward the natural environment and increased awareness of past losses and current threats have forced many industries and government agencies to evaluate the impacts of their activities on natural processes. Pollution, coastal development, dredging and habitat loss all impact natural resources in the coastal, near shore, and offshore ecosystems. Likewise, the direct and indirect impacts of fisheries are often overlooked, poorly recognised or inadequately understood. Fishing gear, methods of fishing, and poor fisheries management regimes can all have destructive impacts on marine habitats and both targeted and non-targeted species.

MRAG have developed considerable experience in the undertaking of environmental assessments. Projects include research to support the establishment of ecological reserves, assessment of pollution control, studies on the effects of flood control systems, identification of conflicts between fishing gear types, threats to non-target species, and design of guidelines to minimise the loss of biodiversity. Assessments have been conducted on behalf of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Global Environment Facility (GEF), UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the European Commission.


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Image by simone saponetto from Pixabay Improving environmental sustainability of deep sea fisheries with emphasis on the conservation of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs)

In 2018 the European Commission commissioned a study aiming at providing a…

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Climate change and the Common Fisheries Policy: adaptation and building resilience to the effects of climate change on fisheries and reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from fishing

By 31 December 2022 the European Commission will prepare a report on the functioning…

Image by Quang Nguyen vinh from Pixabay Coordinated assessments of marine species and habitats under the Birds and Habitats Directives and the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

The study aim was to support the Commission’s work to better coordinate assessments of…

Study on circular design of the fishing gear for reduction of environmental impacts

MRAG was commissioned by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science…

Image by M. Maggs from Pixabay Co-designing the principles for defining low impact fishing

The United Kingdom (UK) seafood fishing industry, despite its importance to both the…

Rapid assessment of evidence collation on abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear

MRAG was commissioned by the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science…

Study on costs, benefits and nature of an extended European Ocean Observing System

The objective of this study was to provide evidence to help guide the options for the…

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Fisheries Management.

The work undertaken by MRAG for GSGSSI comprises general and specific advice on the…

Atlantic Ocean
GEF Pollution control and other measures to protect biodiversity in Lake Tanganyika.

Lake Tanganyika is an international water body that is an important resource for the…