MASTS success rewarded with further five years of funding

19 Apr 2017
Prof Paterson: “This support recognises the importance of the marine environment and the successful work of MASTS”

Prof Paterson: “This support recognises the importance of the marine environment and the successful work of MASTS”

The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) has secured a further five years of funding from the Scottish Funding Council enabling it to continue its work through to 2022.

MASTS was originally set up 2009 to bring together Scotland’s world class marine science expertise within a consortium which encourages better communication, collaboration and coordination amongst the marine research community.

Prof David M Paterson, executive director, MASTS, said: “This support recognises the importance of the marine environment and the successful work of MASTS to support the research, policy and management essential to the Scottish Government’s desire to maintain clean and healthy seas.”

MASTS has proven especially useful in fostering positive links with a wide range of marine-based industries including Scotland’s internationally acclaimed fisheries and seafood industry.

Marine research in Scotland under the MASTS banner has played pivotal roles in the understanding of global issues of concern, such as climate change, ocean acidification, pollution and ocean noise. An important facet of MASTS work has been in supporting the sustainable use of Scotland’s seas through the Scottish Marine Strategy and other key policy areas.

The MASTS community includes the majority of Scotland’s research capacity including the Universities of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh Napier, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde, Heriot-Watt University, The University of the Highlands and Islands, the Scottish Association for Marine Science and Marine Scotland.