ARC Marine’s vision is to become the industry leaders in marine eco-engineering and conservation projects. We aim to combine academic institutes with commercial subsea infrastructure and development to build vast, sustainable and complex marine habitats for the benefit of both the marine environment and the future of mankind’s development.
Our vision is shared by the EU and other countries worldwide in creating long-term sustainable seas. We are collaborating with academic organisations to build on cutting edge research and develop a new generation of academics that are proactive in advancing sustainable marine developments throughout the UK and overseas.
Why are we doing this?
In this modern world, we know now the importance of conserving our marine environment and the benefits that come with it. Currently, only 1.2% of our oceans are protected.
Our oceans are by far the largest carbon “sink” in the world. Some 93 % of CO2 is stored in algae, vegetation and coral under the sea (worldwatch institute).
Commercial fishing is extremely vulnerable where 53% of the world’s fisheries are full exploited, and 32% are over exploited, depleted or recovering from depletion.
Unless the current situation improves stocks of all species currently fished for food are predicted to collapse by 2048.
The European Union is the world’s largest maritime territory and marine resources make a significant contribution to each Member State’s economic prosperity and social well being.
In July 2008 the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) was formally adopted by the European Union. The overall goal of the Directive is to achieve ‘Good Environmental Status’ (GES) by 2020 across Europe’s marine environment (JNCC DEFRA).
In 2015, the UK produced outlines of their program’s measures that will contribute to the achievement and maintenance of GES. ARC Marine aims to help the UK achieve the EU requirements and lead the world in ocean regeneration.