Ocean Recovery
Conference 2021

An Online Conference

January 19-21, 2021


Sustainable development demands that our seas are managed in a way that enables economic and social development, while respecting environmental limits and the ecosystem services from which many human benefits derive.

Balancing competing demands on the environment is a significant challenge.

ABPmer routinely advises Governments, advisory bodies and NGOs on marine environmental policy matters. We are at the forefront of policy development in Marine Spatial Planning, Marine Protected Area Planning and Marine Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services.

We are a recognised authority in marine and coastal habitat creation, restoration and protection, experienced in overcoming the challenges to realise new initiatives. This includes projects to protect oyster beds, marshes, mudflats and seagrasses using multiple techniques such as managed realignment, sediment beneficial use and reef formation.

Blue Marine Foundation

Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) aims to restore the ocean to heath by addressing overfishing, one of the world’s biggest environmental problems. Overfishing threatens the complex web of marine life in the oceans that enables them to absorb nearly half the world’s carbon dioxide and produce half our oxygen. BLUE’s mission is to see 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under effective protection by 2030 and the other 70 per cent managed in a responsible way. BLUE works across the globe to restore our severely degraded marine environment.

In the UK, our flagship project in Lyme Bay has proved that collaborative conservation can provide benefits for nature and low-impact fishing. BLUE is now adapting the Lyme model in Berwickshire and North Devon. BLUE has worked in the Solent for four years to restore the native oyster, an ecosystem engineer that, when fully-grown, can filter up to 200 litres of water a day. Having already restored 69,000 oysters in the Solent, BLUE is now working in other areas of the UK to do the same alongside the restoration of blue carbon habitats. BLUE also has a vision for a marine park network by 2030.



CMS – Communications and Management for Sustainability

CMS provides a service for the Water and Marine sectors combining the power of both website and email communications.

Through its two weekly newsletters, Water News and Marine Coastal News, CMS provides information on news, jobs and events to the water and marine sectors. Sign up here.

Through its advertising it provides a service to client organisations wishing to advertise jobs, events and projects.

We have been providing this service since the late 1990’s and have over 250+ clients who have used our services. You can see their endorsements on our Advertising pages.

We have considerable expertise and networks that support our News service and can provide free advice for clients on job and event advertisements.

Coastal Partnerships Network

The Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN) exists to encourage the exchange of information and debate between Coastal Partnerships and to establish links with other coastal stakeholders.

It seeks to offer increased opportunities for learning, collaboration and influence, strengthening and supporting Coastal Partnerships and encouraging stronger representation at a national level of the value of their work. Coastal Partnerships are cross-sectoral, place based partnerships advocating the implementation of the ecosystem approach, sustainable use of marine resources and integrated, coordinated management across a stretch of coastline or an estuarine system.

With more than 50 Coastal Partnerships currently in operation across the UK, together we have a wealth of expertise across all issues across the land/water interface and skilled at community and public engagement.

Environment Agency

Our profession and passion is to create better places for people and wildlife. We do so by providing advice and guidance to Government and partners on how to manage our environment, whilst maximising benefits for people and nature. We support sustainable development and work with businesses and industry to sustainably manage our resources. We ensure our water environment is healthy, biodiverse, protected and restored, and is resilient to flooding and change from source to sea, catchment to coast. Check out the “journey to the sea” to understand the environments we are working in and the issues we face in creating a better place for people and wildlife: https://www.wwf.org.uk/journey-to-the-sea.


Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association

ECSA is very pleased to be a sponsor of the Ocean Recovery Conference which accords so well with our aims. This follows the successful REACH meeting last year from which the abstracts are on the ECSA website.
Founded in the UK in 1971, we are now an international organisation dedicated to the promotion and advancement of multidisciplinary research into all aspects of estuaries and coasts, and the application of science and technology for their sustainable environmental management.

Our vision is the generation of multidisciplinary knowledge required for the sustainable management and use of our estuaries and coasts. We have a focus on promoting young scientists and early career workers.

In 2021 we will mark our 50th anniversary with a specially commissioned volume looking to the future and a one-day celebration and conference. We shall also be holding one of our series of International conferences in the UK jointly with EMECS (Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas) in September at Hull University.

Why not join us? Do find out more by looking at our website: https://ecsa.international



With approximately 52,000 employees, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.

Jacobs is a world leader in coastal and maritime projects with expertise covering:

Our coastal restoration and nature based solutions work around the world is based on sound engineering knowledge combined with specialist coastal science inputs covering both ecology and geomorphology. Completed projects include beach recharge, dune restoration, mangrove and saltmarsh restoration, reef restoration and the ecological enhancement of grey infrastructure. For coastal wetlands we scope, design, build and monitor projects to protect and enhance existing habitats as well as recreating new habitats. We have delivered flagship restoration projects for a range of clients around the world including the UK Environment Agency and the Nature Conservancy.







The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) is the statutory adviser to the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK and international nature conservation.

Its work contributes to maintaining and enriching biological diversity and sustaining natural systems.

Marine Conservation Society

The Marine Conservation Society (MCS) is the UK’s leading charity working solely to protect our seas. Our vision is for seas full of life, where nature flourishes and people thrive. Science and people – our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners – are at the heart of everything we do. Our team is committed to strengthening ocean health, educating and empowering communities and working towards nature-friendly fisheries, for the benefit of planetary and human health.


Marine Management Organisation

Ambitious for our seas and coasts……MMO was created in 2010 by the Marine and Coastal Access Act, and has many achievements to be proud of. We will build on these past ten years as we enter a new decade with a fresh, bold vision for the future prosperity of our seas, coasts and communities.

Driven by government’s aim for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas, MMO’s purpose is to protect and enhance our precious marine environment, and support UK economic growth by enabling sustainable marine activities and development.

MMO manages 230,000 square kilometres of hugely diverse seas, almost double that of England’s land mass. Our seas are among the busiest in the world. We don’t always appreciate the extensive benefits we draw from them, whether for leisure, transport, commerce, fisheries, construction, energy and communications.

And critically, our seas provide significant environmental benefits. MMO will engage with our customers and stakeholders and together create ‘win-win’ outcomes that use the natural asset of the sea for the benefit of people and the economy, and ensure we protect and enhance our marine environment for future generations.


Natural England

Natural England is the government’s adviser for the natural environment in England. We help to protect and restore our natural world. Our purpose is to help conserve, enhance and manage the natural environment for the benefit of present and future generations, thereby contributing to sustainable development. Our vision is ‘Thriving Nature for people and planet’. We aim to achieve this through our mission ‘Building partnerships for Nature’s recovery’.

Our priorities for 2020 to 2025 support our mission and the ambitions of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan. We aim for:




OceanWise specialise in all aspects of marine environmental data acquisition, data management, GIS and other services.

We are an independent company using our expertise in marine data to solve offshore environmental and engineering challenges. Our unique knowledge and close relationships with instrument manufacturers, software vendors and standards bodies mean we are able to provide our customers with comprehensive, cost effective end-to-end marine and coastal data management and decision support.


Seahorse Environmental

Seahorse Environmental designs and executes political campaigns, communications programmes and reputational audits that enhance both the natural environment and the commercial success of our clients.



The Crown Estate

The Crown Estate is a unique business with a distinct heritage and a portfolio unlike any other. It includes some of central London’s best places to work, shop and experience retail and leisure destinations across the country, a substantial rural portfolio and we are custodians of the Windsor Estate, including the iconic Windsor Great Park.

As manager of the seabed and half the foreshore around England, Wales and Northern Ireland, we play a fundamental role in the sustainable development of this national asset, including the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector, marine aggregates, cables and pipelines. In 1961, the Crown Estate Act established us as an independent commercial business and tasked us with returning all our profit to the Treasury. Over the last ten years we have generated £2.9 billion for the benefit of the nation’s finances.

The Green Blue

Sustainable Boating for Cleaner, Healthier Waters.

The Green Blue is the joint environmental awareness programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine, established in 2005 at the Southampton Boat Show.

As a boating community we enjoy getting out on the water and experiencing the beautiful environment around us. We therefore play an important role in helping to protect our marine and inland waters to safeguard the wildlife and habitats with which we share our boating environment.

Our Aim is to inspire sustainable recreational boating for cleaner, healthier waters by:





The Wildlife Trusts

UK Major Ports Group

The UK Major Ports Group is the trade body for the UK’s major port operators. It represents nine of the top ten port operators in UK including the operators of all the UK’s deep sea container capacity. Our members collectively handle 75% of the UK’s port volumes through 40 ports. These include the largest ports in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. UKMPG members together already invest around £500 million per year in the UK’s ports and related infrastructure.

Current UKMPG members are Associated British Ports, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, The Bristol Port Company, DP World London Gateway, Forth Ports, Hutchison Ports UK, PD Ports, Peel Ports and the Port of London Authority.

WWF-UK and Sky Ocean Rescue

WWF is the world’s leading independent conservation organisation. Our mission is to create a world where people and wildlife can thrive together.

To achieve our mission, we’re finding ways to help transform the future for the world’s wildlife, rivers, forests and seas; pushing for a reduction in carbon emissions that will avoid catastrophic climate change; and pressing for measures to help people live sustainably, within the means of our one planet.

We’re acting now to make this happen.

ZSL/University of Portsmouth – Native Oyster Network UK & Ireland

The Native Oyster Network – UK & Ireland is a community of academics, conservationists, oystermen and NGO’s who are working to restore self-sustaining populations of native oysters. The network was established by Dr Joanne Preston & Alison Debney in 2017 to support the growing need of the species, habitat and those working to restore O. edulis in Europe.

Our aims are to facilitate an ecologically coherent and collaborative approach to native oyster restoration in the UK & Ireland; promote information sharing and effective communication of matters relating to native oyster conservation; increase awareness of the cultural and environmental value of native oysters. More information including the collection of native oyster restoration handbooks can be found at www.nativeoysternetwork.org