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 End Date
MRAG Project Study on state of the art scientific information on the impacts of aquaculture activities in Europe

The purpose of this contract is to clarify the scientific basis about the positive and…

Europe
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…

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

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

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
Framework Contract for evaluation and impact assessment, Lot 3: International Dimension of the CFP

This is a framework contract where specific services will consist of assisting the…

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
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
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
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 EU Framework: Studies in the field of the Common Fisheries Policy and Maritime Affiars No Fish/2006/09 : Lot 2 Legal Studies Related to Maritime Affairs

Lot 2 of the 'Studies in the fields of the Common Fisheries Policy and Maritime…

Europe
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 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
The Scramble for Fish

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

Global
South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Fisheries Management.

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

Atlantic Ocean
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 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
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
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 Biodiversity Knowledge Base

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

Europe
MRAG Project Natural England Fisheries Advice Framework, Lot 2: European Fisheries Advice

The overall objective of this framework contract is to provide Natural England with…

Europe