About the project:
The Pelagic Natural Capital project or “PelCap”, draws together 12 partner institutions from across the UK to improve our pelagic knowledge and evidence base by furthering the delivery of a comprehensive monitoring program to provide a more holistic view of pelagic food webs; to optimise this evidence, by making the data accessible and useable; and to provide a demonstration of the use of this evidence in supporting better decision-making through a natural capital approach.

This project was funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as part of the marine arm of the Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment (NCEA) programme. The marine NCEA programme is leading the way in supporting Government ambition to integrate natural capital approaches into decision making for the marine environment. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/natural-capital-and-ecosystem-assessment-programme

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Recent Submissions

  • mNCEA Policy Brief - Mind the Gap – The need to continue long-term plankton monitoring 

    Holland, M; Atkinson, A; Best, M; Bresnan, E; Devlin, M; Johns, D; Machairopoulou, M; Pitois, S; Scott, J; Stern, R; Whyte, C; Widdicombe, C; McQuatters-Gollop, A (University of PlymouthPlymouth, UK, 2024-03-07)
    This policy brief argues that while it is beneficial to explore novel plankton survey technology, it is essential that we also continue to maintain traditional long-term monitoring programmes to generate the necessary ...
  • mNCEA policy brief - PELCAP: Natural Capital in Plankton & Pelagic Habitats 

    Tett, P; Bresnan, E; Faith, M; Holland, M; Best, M (Scottish Association for Marine ScienceOban, UK, 2024-03-07)
    This policy brief fact sheet descries ecosystem services provided by pelagic habitats and a natural capital accounting of the the economic contribution pelagic habitats provide to the UK, as estimated by the Office of ...
  • mNCEA policy brief - The many scales of pelagic habitats 

    Holland, M; Atkinson, A; McQuatters-Gollop, A (University of PlymouthPlymouth, UK, 2024-03-07)
    This fact sheet is intended to help explain the extreme variation in both abundance and body size exhibited by marine plankton and why those characteristics make them challenging to understand. Plankton in pelagic (open ...
  • mNCEA policy brief - Plenty more fish in the sea? Counting the cost of climate change on marine Natural Capital 

    Atkinson, A; Bresnan, E; Devlin, M; Faith, M; Holland, M; McQuatters-Gollop, A; Tett, P; Best, M (Plymouth Marine LaboratoryPlymouth, UK, 2024-03-07)
    This policy brief describes how predicted changes in productivity across the Atlantic will impact the amount of fish that the marine environment can support. This is bound to have important implications for marine food ...

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