Maritime UK South West has an exceptionally strong capability in Ocean Science and Aquaculture with significant levels of expertise both within the research institutions and innovative companies.

For full details of Maritime UK South West’s Ocean Science and Aquaculture  research institutions, testing facilities and examples of South West businesses succeeding in this field, please download the brochure here.

If you would like to find out more about collaborating with the cluster, investing or contacting any one of the organisations listed please write to enquiries@maritimeuksw.org

The Met Office

SOUTH WEST AQUACULTURE NETWORK (SWAN)

Building on the Dorset, “High Potential Opportunity” and part of Maritime UK South West, the SWAN network exists to promote and develop aquaculture in the region. If you would like to find out more about the network please contact enquiries@maritimeuksw.org

Met Office

Based in Exeter, the new supercomputer is capable of 16,000 trillion calculations a second. Scientists work with shipping and coastal engineers, in offshore oil and gas and marine renewable sectors. Applied research evaluates ocean usage and biogeochemical products.

Visit website >

UK Hydrographic Office

Based in Taunton, UKHO protects lives at sea by collating and providing the Royal Navy and commercial shipping companies with high standards for hydrographic and geospatial navigation tools.

Visit website >

SATELLITE APPLICATIONS CATAPULT

The Blue Economy is a key area for the Satellite Applications Catapult. The South Coast has four Satellite Centres of Excellence, which act as a catalyst to facilitate collaborations between marine industry, academia, regulators and government to broaden market opportunities.

Visit website >

THE UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

Marine Station has research vessels, laboratories, aquaria and teaching rooms. Brixham Labs at Torbay is a superb laboratory complex. The Coastal, Ocean and Sediment Transport lab offers environmental modelling and engineering.

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER

Offers world-class aquarium facilities featuring 14 aquaria rooms housing 600 experimental tanks and seven preparative and analytical labs. A fully equipped research vessel includes survey equipment and a remotely operated vehicle.

MARINE BIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION

Has earned an international reputation for excellence and innovation in research into all aspects of life in the sea, carried out by resident scientific staff and visiting research workers, including seven Nobel Laureates.

Visit website >

PLYMOUTH MARINE LABORATORY (PML)

With 10% of its scientists in the top 1% of environmental scientists worldwide, PML delivers globally-recognised science on interactions between the marine environment and society. The independent research centre partners with over 500 institutions from 60 countries.

Visit website >

BLUE MARINE FOUNDATION (BLUE)

Funded by the Lloyds Register Foundation, BLUE, investigates how data can be used to support safety in inshore waters. BLUE gathers data in Lyme Bay, Dorset, where it has established the UK’s first fully documented fishery.

Visit website >

Cefas

Cefas produces world class science for the marine and freshwater environment. At our Weymouth laboratory, Cefas collects, analyses and interprets data to provide evidence and advice on the aquatic environment, biodiversity and animal and human health to ensure safe and sustainable seafood and enable the UK’s blue economy.

Visit website >

CONTINUOUS PLANKTON RECORDER (CPR) SURVEY

Part of the Marine Biological Association, CPR operate a global ocean instrumentation platform, surveying 20,000km of ocean per month. The CPR has collected biogeography and ecology of plankton data since 1931.

Visit website >

Ocean Science and Aquaculture Businesses

ACTISENSE

Based in Poole, Actisense is a market leader in manufacturing intelligent marine electronic products, making your voyage safer by giving you great control of data on your vesselʼs network.

Visit website >

APPLIED GENOMICS LTD

Applied Genomics Ltd deliver environmental DNA-based analysis services for the detection, monitoring and management of biological diversity. They enable improved, data-driven decisions for efficient and cost-effective management of environmental pressures.

Visit website >

ARGANS

Specialises in satellite-based Earth Observation, remote sensing applications and services, and geographical information systems used to map and monitor the marine, atmospheric and terrestrial environments.

Visit website >

GOONHILLY EARTH STATION

Within a Cornwall Enterprise Zone, the famous Goonhilly Earth Station is a popular location with big names in satellite communications. Goonhilly offers satellite teleport hosting services, TV uplink, telemetry, tracking, command and satellite application development.

Visit website >

SONARDYNE

With a base in Plymouth, Sonardyne has a world class portfolio of acoustic and non-acoustic technologies for use in the most challenging marine environments.

Visit website >

TRISKEL MARINE

Founded in Cornwall in 2003, Triskel Marine provides an extensive range of technologies for electrical power sensing and data management for harsh marine environments. The company offers a profound knowledge of the sea, advanced data management and communications.

Visit website >

VALEPORT LTD

Established in Devon in 1969, Valeport LTD designs and manufactures instrumentation for oceanographic, hydrographic and hydrometric applications. Its worldwide customer base includes environmental, defence, oil and gas, renewable energy, and ports and harbours.

Visit website >