Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) Back to Partners

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) makes a vital contribution to ensuring healthy and sustainable marine and freshwater environments for the benefit of future generations.

CEFAS is an 'executive agency' of the UK's Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). They are a key delivery partner for DEFRA and for the Marine Management Organisation. They also provide advice and programmes for the Welsh Government, the Food Standards Agency and the Environment Agency.

Arguably the UK's most diverse applied marine science centre, CEFAS help to shape and implement policy through collaborative scientific relationships that span the EU, UK government, non-governmental organisations, research centres and industry.

Their work takes them from freshwater lakes to the deep, open ocean and covers both farmed and wild fish species. Their influence extends to a wide range of complex and topical issues, including climate change impacts and solutions, marine planning, sustainable fisheries management, marine habitat diversity, fish health, emergency response and environmental licensing.

CEFAS apply their scientific knowledge to conserve and enhance marine and wider aquatic environments and ecosystems, ensure sustainable use of natural resources, fish stocks in particular. They also collect, interpret and manage data to underpin decisions and to support long-term monitoring. They also work hard to protect society and the economy from the effects of aquatic contaminants and fish diseases.

These scientific and policy goals are supported and informed by collecting, managing and interpreting environmental, biodiversity and fisheries data. This data and CEFAS's ability to apply it to influencing policy, tackling issues of biodiversity and sustainability and informing responsible choices in the marine environment make them a valuable MAREMAP partner. They are pivotal to finding a practical application for marine surveys that benefits society at large.

For more information about the work of CEFAS, or how they contribute to MAREMAP, please contact us, or visit their website.