Despite its landlocked nature, the University of Cambridge has a significant history of major achievements in marine research, having been the base for early coral reef science, and a longstanding centre for Antarctic and polar research. There is however, no single centre or focus for those working on marine issues, with individuals scattered across many University departments, associated institutions and NGOs.

The lack of opportunities to capitalise on the wealth of marine expertise in the city, and for students, academics and practitioners to meet and learn from each other, was recognised in 2005 and led to the establishment of CCF Marine, which was approved as a CCF group by the CCF Council in December 2006.

CCF Marine operates on an informal basis, with the aims of:

  • Providing a forum for exchange of information and networking on marine issues
  • Promoting linkages between researchers and marine conservation practitioners
  • Organising talks and discussions on topical issues in marine science and conservation

There is a mailing list of over 200 organisations and individuals. CCF partner organisations and other bodies represented include the Departments of Geography and Zoology in the University of Cambridge, the British Antarctic Survey, the UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, Natural England, BirdLife International, Anglia Ruskin University, and Fauna & Flora International.

CCF Marine supports and collaborates closely with the Cambridge University Marine Conservation Society, helping to organise joint events such as World Ocean Day.

Group activities

  • We provide a forum for exchange of information and networking on marine issues
  • We promote linkages between researchers and marine conservation practitioners
  • We organise talks and discussions on topical issues in marine science and conservation
  • We organise seminars and events such as World Oceans Day
  • We support the activities of the Cambridge University Marine Conservation Society
  • We promote ocean conservation issues in Cambridge

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Meet CCF Marine's Committee

Sue Wells

Sue was one of the founders of CCF Marine.  She has worked in marine conservation for many years, for organisations including TRAFFIC, UNEP-WCMC, IUCN and WWF, and is currently a consultant.  She is chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas MPA Management Effectiveness Task Force, and also chair of the International Coral Reef Society’s Conservation Committee.

Berry Mulligan

Berry worked initially in forest landscapes in the humid tropics, but in 2012 he switched focus to marine conservation, including MPA design and management, small-scale fisheries, and bycatch reduction. Berry has worked with several CCF organisations, including with FFI to establish Cambodia’s first large-scale MPA and with BirdLife International on policy and practice to reduce albatross bycatch in longline fisheries.

Hazel Thornton

Hazel has been a member of CCF Marine for the past four years. Before returning to Cambridge five years ago, Hazel was involved in island-based conservation efforts in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, working with local fishing communities in the Eastern Aegean, and surveying of coral reefs and tropical forests in Montserrat. Hazel now works in the science-policy interface of marine ecosystem conservation and restoration.

Katy Walker

Katy is the newest member of CCF Marine, and works within the Eurasia team of FFI, as part of their marine programme. Their marine projects include working with local NGOs to create and expand effective co-managed MPAs in Turkey and São Tomé & Príncipe. Before working at FFI Katy was interning as a research assistant in FFI’s marine plastics team.