The creation of environmental and fisheries policy involves the consideration of a wide variety of interacting factors. MRAG understands the importance of the relationship between scientific research, evidence and policy development and provides clients with advice and guidance on the preparation of coherent policy frameworks.  MRAG provides counsel and practical assistance in environmental policy and planning to several government agencies, bi-lateral and multi-lateral aid donors, and private companies. This includes advice on the establishment of fisheries regimes, legal agreements for international fishing rights and licensing, and the economic and biological sustainability of specific fisheries. MRAG's services also include coordination and facilitation of the involvement of multiple stakeholders within consensus-building processes.

Projects

Title Region Start Date
Consultancy Services for Preparation Of Three Management Plans For Reef, Octopus And Small Pelagic Fisheries in Zanzibar

This 9-month project developed three fisheries management plans (FMP) for (i) octopus…

Africa
MRAG Project Counterfactual evaluation of EFF Permanent and Temporary Cessation measures

The objectives of this specific contract were to assess to what degree the existing…

Europe
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…

Europe
Practical implementation of the Chairperson’s Draft Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing

During the development of the FAO Port State Meaures Agreement (PSMA) MRAG were…

Global
Feasibility study on applying a spatial footprint approach to quantifying fishing pressure.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) revised policy…

Europe
The Scramble for Fish

Around half the world’s EEZs are subject to some form of foreign fishing arrangements…

Global
MRAG Project Marshall Islands Comprehensive Legislation Review (CU/PE1/SI/10/001)

The objective of this project was to comprehensively review and update the offshore…

Pacific
MRAG Project Marshall Islands Comprehensive Legislation Review (CU/PE1/SI/10/001)

The objective of this project was to comprehensively review and update the offshore…

Pacific
MRAG Project Study in support of Impact assessment work for Ocean Energy

The current study supports the Commission’s impact assessment in a number of different…

Europe
MRAG Project Identifying and supporting Blue Growth projects in emerging sectors

The European maritime industry is one of the cornerstones of the European economy and…

Europe
MRAG Project Development of WISE-Marine for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

The overall aim of this project is to provide support to the European Commission for…

Europe
Specific Contract under FWC MARE/2011/01 Lot 2; Study in support of the review of the EU regime on the small-scale driftnets fisheries

The project involve the evaluation of the current EU regime on the small-scale…

Europe
Interim evaluation on the implementation and impacts of Council Regulation (EC) establishing a Community system to prevent, deter and eliminate IUU fishing

The study made a general assessment of the impacts of the IUU Regulation and its…

Europe
Development of a new technical conservation measures framework within a reformed CFP

The subject of this contract was the development of a new technical measures framework…

Europe
Costs and benefits arising from the establishment of maritime zones in the Mediterranean Sea

At present, a large part of the Mediterranean marine space is made up of High Seas. It…

Europe
MRAG Project Biodiversity Knowledge Base

The overall objective of this three year contract was to assist the European…

Europe
Studies in the Field of the CFP and Maritime Affairs No. FISH/2006/09. Lot 4: Impact assessment studies related to the CFP. Impact Assessment of Discard Reducing Policies

The European Commission requested an impact assessment to be conducted on the…

Europe
MRAG Project Contribution to the Preparation of a Plan of Action for Seabirds

In 2008 the FAO presented the “Best Practice Technical Guidelines for IPOA/NPOA-…

Europe
MRAG Project Studies in the Field of the CFP and Maritime Affairs No. FISH/2006/09. Lot 4: Impact assessment studies related to the CFP. Environmental, Economic, Social and Governance impacts of the ‘Alternative Options’ scenario of the 2012 CFP revision.

The impact assessment of the proposals for the 2012 reform of the CFP was conducted in…

Europe
MRAG Project Studies in the Field of the CFP and Maritime Affairs No. FISH/2006/09. Lot 4: Impact assessment studies related to the CFP. Technical analysis (phase 1) of the Impact Assessment for the CFP 2012 reform

The objective of this study was to produce the STATUS QUO impact assessment of the…

Europe
MRAG Project EU Framework: Legal Studies Related to Maritime Affairs. Lot 2, WP6 Legal analysis of navigation Regimes in the Arctic (Russia, Norway, Iceland, Canada, US)

The main purpose of this Study was to examine the international legal regime that…

Europe
Strengthening management of the British Indian Ocean Territory MPA

This project developed a strategic research programme to deliver answers to key…

Indian Ocean
MRAG Project DFID fisheries and aquaculture scoping review

The main aim of this scoping review was to provide DFID with a robust review and…

Europe
MRAG Project Support to assessment of progress of halting biodiversity loss with respect to the marine environment for the EEA 2005 State of the Environment and Outlook Report (EEA)

The European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes a report every five years on the state…

Europe
MRAG Project Analysis to determine licence fee levels for the offshore tuna fleets

Madagascar enters into fisheries agreements with the European Commission and has…

Africa