JNCC 10 years of UK MPAs map © JNCC

10 years of UK Offshore Marine Protected Areas

Protecting our diverse and vibrant seas for future generations

Our seas have a brilliant variety of marine life and habitats, many of which are rare and nationally important. JNCC has been working for more than 10 years to identify MPAs in the more remote areas of our seas to ensure they remain healthy into the future.

Minister Therese Coffey meets JNCC staff in Aberdeen

JNCC welcomes Minister Thérèse Coffey to their Aberdeen office

"World leading science in action"

The Minister spent time chatting to staff during a series of deskside presentations.

Professor Christine Maggs © Christine Maggs

BES Annual Awards 2017

Professor Christine Maggs receives Equality and Diversity Champion Award

On 29 August 2017, the British Ecological Society announced the winners of its annual awards and prizes, recognising nine distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

Methane derived authigenic carbonate (MDAC) protruding from sediment with a dahlia anemone (Urticina felina) and ling (Molva molva) at the Braemar Pockmarks SAC © JNCC/Cefas

SAC Boundary Consultation

Braemar Pockmarks / Scanner Pockmark SAC site boundary amendments

JNCC has launched a public consultation on proposed amendments to the boundaries of two offshore Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) designated under the EC Habitats Directive for the Annex I habitat: ‘Submarine structures made by leaking gases. Both sites lie in Scottish offshore waters of the Northern North Sea. 

Marsh tit © Jill Pakenham

The Breeding Bird Survey 2016

Latest produced trends for 111 species in the UK

Seamount communities © Changing Oceans Expedition 2012, Heriot-Watt University, JNCC, NERC

Protecting the UKs marine wonders for future generations

JNCC bring remote areas of the sea to life in underwater videos

The UKs seas host some of the most diverse habitats in Europe, from vibrant cold-water coral reefs in the hidden depths to towering underwater mountains that are hotspots for marine life! 

Grey Seal © John Weinberg

Intermediate Assessment 2017

New assessments on state of the marine environment in OSPAR waters

The OSPAR Commission has just launched a major new assessment of the state of our marine environment and the pressures caused by marine activities.

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JNCC is the UK LIFE National Contact Point from January 2016


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JNCC is keen to participate collaboratively, as a project partner or a coordinator, in EU and other joint projects. Everything from simple partnerships to multidisciplinary projects or networks of scientists and researchers across all science and technology fields related to the environment. more>>>

JNCC Strategy


2017 JNCC Strategy


The strategy sets out the direction and scope of JNCC more>>>


UK Biodiversity Framework

 The framework is designed to show how the work of the four UK countries joins up with work at a UK level to achieve the ‘Aichi targets’ and the aims of the EU biodiversity strategy. Read the framework

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