The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) World Oceans Day event

15 June 2021

Our biosecurity expert Anna Yunnie was an invited speaker at this recent virtual MOD event dedicated to the annual UN World Oceans Day, June 8. 

This global UN event was first declared as 8 June, 1992 in Rio de Janeiro at the Global Forum and in 2008 designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”. Every year the United Nations selects a theme for World Oceans Day to engage the global community around key ocean topics with this year the focus on ‘The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods’ to shed light on the wonder of the ocean and how it is our life source, supporting humanity and every other organism on Earth.
Effective biosecurity planning in the marine environment, minimizing the introduction or spread of a species and so the potential damaging effects of marine invasive non-native species, could protect waters, habitats and reduce the threat to the livelihood of businesses in the marine sector by causing damage to infrastructure, stock and foul equipment. This year Anna highlighted an on-going project with the MoD to survey a series of military submarines. The MoD have identified the need to assess the biosecurity risk of their vessels in order to construct the best mitigation strategies. Anna gave some insight in to how a biologist goes about conducting this type of investigation and the processes involved.
The MOD event received lots of great feedback with engaging comments and questions around the challenges and opportunities for achieving environmental protection and sustainability across the maritime domain, which amplified the event overall.