As an intergovernmental marine science organisation, our primary
roles are to advance and share scientific understanding of marine ecosystems
and the services they provide - and to employ this knowledge to generate state
of the art advice on meeting conservation, management and sustainability goals.
We work collaboratively with our member countries, partners, clients,
and stakeholders, as well as the wider marine science community, to create and
share knowledge, data and advice.
We also provide training and networking
opportunities for the new and emerging generation of marine scientists, and support the work of Early
Our scientific work spans all aspects of marine ecosystem
and sustainability science - from observation and exploration to understanding
human interactions with the sea, and we work across
different disciplines from natural, to social, to economic sciences.
draw on our scientific work and data to provide impartial scientific advice for a wide range of recipients, including our member countries and
international organizations and commissions, such as the Oslo Paris Commission
(OSPAR), the Helsinki Commission - Baltic Marine Environment Protection
Commission (HELCOM), the North East Atlantic Fisheries Commission (NEAFC), the
North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organization (NASCO), and the European Commission