Dr Richard Bailey awarded £1.5M for Sustainable Oceans research project.

Dr Richard Bailey awarded £1.5M for Sustainable Oceans research project.

Dr Richard Bailey has been awarded £1.5M by the Oxford Martin School, to direct a new five year programme on Sustainable Oceans. This builds on an ongoing 18 month (£0.2M) project funded by Ocean Conservancy, and a £0.8M support package from the London technology company Improbable. Whilst in its early stages, the project is having considerable impact - Richard, along with Chris Dorsett (Vice President at Ocean Conservancy) and Daniel Baltzer (SoGE), was invited to Brussels (Sept 21st) to brief the EU Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries on progress to date, and to discuss future collaborations. Earlier in September, Richard met with the Senior Economist at NOAA Fisheries in Washington DC for a similar briefing. The Oxford Martin School Programme is co-directed by Prof. Alex Rogers (Dept. Zoology) and Prof. Catherine Redgwell (Faculty of Law), and involves model-building for policy support, biodiversity mapping to inform ecosystem impact assessments, application of satellite technology for surveillance of fisheries and marine protected areas, and work on the legal framework for enforcement, in support of negotiations on a new implementing agreement for the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Speaking of his funding, Richard said: "We are realising more and more that healthy global oceans are an essential component for a sustainable future, providing critical regulation of the atmosphere, a valuable supply of biodiversity, food supply and economic growth. This funding provides a wonderful chance to bring together some new ideas and a unique team of experts, to develop new datasets, analytical tools and policy frameworks. The next few years are going to be a critical time in our relationship with the global oceans."