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Who we are

A world leader in the field of marine research, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) is committed to the delivery of impactful, cutting-edge environmental and social science in support of a healthy and sustainable ocean.

Our research is globally recognised. We work with a broad range of partners internationally through research projects and wider initiatives, combining observational, experimental and modelling activity to provide a greater understanding of the dynamic and complex marine environment to inform knowledge-based solutions.

Through our science we contribute to achieving targets and aspirations set out in national and international directives and goals for a sustainable future. This includes addressing many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the European Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the UK Government’s 25 year plan to improve the environment.

Our award-winning science team brings extensive interdisciplinary experience and skills to every project, with particular specialisms in areas including climate change, biodiversity, microplastics, marine autonomy, technology and artificial intelligence.

Alongside the University of Plymouth and Marine Biological Association, PML is part of Marine Research Plymouth, the UK’s largest cluster of marine science researchers. 

Read our Annual Report

Our Annual Report for the financial year 2021/2022 is now available, the downloadable publication includes information on our financial activities as well as a variety of exciting developments for our science, impact and strategy.

Download our Annual Report and Financial Statements

Our year in numbers

View our infographic below which summarizes some of our key achievements for the financial year 2021/2022.

Infographic showing key facts about the last year - image text available in downloadable PDF


NQA has certified Plymouth Marine Laboratory to the ISO14001:2015 Environmental Management Standard

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NQA has certified Plymouth Marine Laboratory to the ISO45001:2018 Health & Safety Management Standard

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NQA has certified Plymouth Marine Laboratory to the ISO9001:2015 Quality Management Standard

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