Seasearch funders


Acknowledgement of financial support for the programme

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The majority of the financial support for the Seasearch programme is provided by the Marine Conservation Society.  This includes three employees (the National Coordinator, the Data Officer and the Administrator) and a number of the regional coordinators.

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Seasearch Scotland

Financial support for the Seasearch programme in Scotland is provided by our long-standing funder, NatureScot (previously Scottish Natural Heritage). 

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Seasearch Wales

Financial support for the Seasearch programme in Wales is provided by our long-standing funder, Natural Resources Wales (previously the Countryside Council for Wales).

Natural England have provided financial support for a number of specific projects in England recently, including analysis of species assemblages, recording and reporting of maerl habitats and data cleansing of the Seasearch England dataset.

Seasearch are currently (2020-2023) involved in the EU LIFE ReMEDIES project, covering five Special Areas of Conservation along the south and south-east coasts of England. The project, funded by the EU LIFE programme and led by Natural England in partnership with The Royal Yachting AssociationMarine Conservation SocietyOcean Conservation Trust and Plymouth City Council/Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum is focusing on how sensitive seabed habitats are impacted by recreational activities.

Seasearch are the public engagement partner of the Marine Biological Association within the ambitious Darwin Tree of Life project, which aims to sequence the genomes of all 70,000 species of eukaryotic organisms in Britain and Ireland.  It is a collaboration between biodiversity, genomics and analysis partners that hopes to transform the way we do biology, conservation and biotechnology.

The start of the 2-year first stage was delayed by the covid pandemic in 2020 but we are now actively engaged with the project.

"The Oyster Ark" is a project led by Heriot-Watt University (Prof. W.G. Sanderson) which aims to seek-out remnant wild Scottish oyster habitats, assess their population sizes, disease status, presence of aggressive Invasive Non Native Species (INNS), and, where appropriate, move a portion as brood-stock to Scotland's biosecure hatchery to spawn future generations.  Tens of thousands of oysters will be returned to bolster the remnant wild populations. The native oyster Ostrea edulis is a Priority Marine Feature (PMF) for conservation in Scotland.

The project is funded by NatureScot's Biodiversity Challenge Fund for the financial year 2021-2022.

The MCS is the marine partner within the Natur am Byth! flagship Green Recovery project in Wales, which unites nine environmental charities with Natural Resources Wales (NRW) to deliver the country's largest natural heritage and outreach programme to save species from extinction and reconnect people to nature.

Stage 1 of the NHLF-funded project commenced in September 2021 and will run until February 2023.