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The development of a review of private and public sector marine science needs, the capability of the UK’s private sector marine science and survey sector to meet those needs, and opportunities for growth. - ME5423

The Marine Science Coordination Committee (MSCC) and its sub-committees including the Marine Industries Liaison Group (MILG) have been set up to support delivery of the Marine Science Strategy. The strategy includes aims to “develop measures for promoting the growth of marine industries” and to identify synergies between public and private sectors in a way that helps to develop the UK’s competitive science base. This review will inform the work of the MSCC and the MILG in meeting these aims by:
•Identifying key public and private sector marine science needs over the short, medium and long term.
•Assessing the capability of the UK’s private sector marine science and survey sector to meet these needs, identify gaps in capabilities and barriers and opportunities for growth.
•Identifying where synergies between the public and private sectors would enhance the UK’s competitive science base.

The project team will undertake a 5 stage process:
Stage 1 – Project Inception.
Objective: define scope and define ‘private sector marine science and survey sector”
Stage 2 Desk based review of needs, market drivers and capability.
Objective: identify marine science needs from public and private sector funders and users of marine science, identify key market drivers and existing private sector capability.
Stage 3 – Interviews and stakeholder engagement to test analysis on needs, drivers and to seek views on capability.
Objective: Validate stage 2, seek evidence on barriers, opportunities and synergies between public and private sectors.
Stage 4 – Presentation to MILG and invitation for comments on draft report.
Objective: Validate findings and test recommendations.
Stage 5 – Final Report
There are shared capability and capacity issues between the public and private sectors. Shortages of technical expertise in key areas (for example marine invertebrate taxonomy, underwater noise) drive up costs for all marine science users and providers. Similarly, investment in research and development and ‘pull-through’ for innovation and new technologies will support a range of new marine monitoring requirements. These common issues are relevant to the wider UK marine science base and are important to secure the UK’s competitive position on marine science.

The commissioning of this review is an important demonstration by the MSCC of a commitment to work in partnership with industry. The analysis will enhance the private sector’s understanding of long term marine science needs and similarly will inform the public sector marine science community of the range of private sector capabilities that exist. Recommendations outlined on 1.8 (page 2) should make a value contribution to the delivery of the UK Marine Science Strategy and lead to real benefits for users and providers of marine science.
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2013

Cost: £15,000
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Marine Planning Consultants (part of the Gardline Group)