Gardline Appears Before the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee Inquiry

Gardline staff were honoured to appear before the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Marine Science for a second time.

The Science and Technology Committee exist to ensure that Government policy and decision-making are based on good scientific and engineering advice and evidence. The session, on Monday 14 October, was a follow-up to its recent inquiry into Marine Science which contained a number of recommendations to enhance the use and delivery of marine science in the UK.

This is the second time Gardline staff has given evidence to the committee. Earlier this year, Phil Durrant, Managing Director of Gardline Environmental Limited, attended and on 14th October, Liam McAleese also attended.

Both were giving evidence on behalf of the North Sea Marine Cluster (NSMC), a partnership between Gardline, the University of East Anglia, Norfolk County Council and the Marsh Group.

Liam McAleese, Managing Director of Marine Planning Consultants, commented;

“The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee inquiry into Marine Science comes at an important moment in the implementation of a range of new policy and regulatory developments in the marine environment, from the introduction of Marine Conservation Zones and Marine Planning, to implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. We are honoured to be invited for a second time and it is further recognition of both the growing influence of the North Sea Marine Cluster and Gardline’s expertise and profile in the marine science community.”

In the evidence, the NSMC made the case for closer links between marine science, industry and the growth agenda, the need for greater collaboration between sectors and continued investment in marine science, to ensure that environmental and economic policy aspirations are based on sound evidence and analysis.

Press Release, October 25, 2013


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