Enabling a Sustainable Blue Future

HMC are experts in the sustainable management of our ocean. With years of collective experience, our team deliver best practice and identify innovative yet pragmatic solutions.

We enable positive change and work collaboratively, using our in-depth understanding to push the boundaries of ocean management using transformative, interdisciplinary, and inclusive approaches.

We work at all levels, from local communities to government ministers, with global reach and national understanding.

  • Blue Economy Planning
  • Offshore Energy
  • Ocean Climate and Marine Biodiversity
  • Fisheries Management
  • Just Transitions

Blue Economy Planning

HMC supports governments, NGOs, financial bodies, and industry in the development, implementation, and monitoring of effective, sustainable, and resilient Blue Economy policy and planning. We do this by drawing on our extensive knowledge of marine policy, technical expertise in integrated marine planning and management, and existing networks to facilitate strategic and meaningful engagement with critical decision-makers. Collectively, this will help shape solutions which sustainably and effectively balance economic and social marine activity against the need to safeguard the marine environment.

Services:

  • Blue Economy strategy and planning
  • Development and delivery of marine policy
  • Integrated marine planning and management
  • Institutional capacity development
Development of a sustainable Blue Economy transition framework

Development of a sustainable Blue Economy transition framework

HMC worked with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a pioneering Sustainable Blue Economy...

Project Aim:

To assist governments and decision makers in developing their own plans for transitioning to a Sustainable Blue Economy.

Project Outcome:

Countries globally will be able to move towards a Sustainable Blue Economy – one that delivers and embodies ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals.

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Analysis of Blue Economy Development in Pakistan and development of a Blue Economy Roadmap

Analysis of Blue Economy Development in Pakistan and development of a Blue Economy Roadmap

HMC provided the technical lead on a project for the World Bank and the Government...

Project Aim:

To develop a strategic, national approach to Blue Economy planning, which protects ecosystems as well as promoting economic growth, social inclusion and the preservation and improvement of livelihoods.

Project Outcome:

The production of an evidence-based Blue Economy development vision and roadmap for Pakistan that the World Bank can successfully implement in practice.

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Developing National Ocean Policies and Strategies

Developing National Ocean Policies and Strategies

HMC led work with the OECS and the governments of St Lucia, St Kitts and...

Project Aim:

To develop new national ocean policies and associated strategic action plans, and to revise the Eastern Caribbean Regional Ocean Policy.

Project Outcome:

The implementation of national ocean policy frameworks to support the integrated delivery of the Blue Economy, integrating regional and national policy.

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Offshore Energy

HMC deliver cutting edge research on offshore energy policy and strategy. With our practical experience of the regulatory system of consents, licences, and permissions, we can provide industry and governmental partners with assurance that strategic approaches to planning and consenting are robust and viable.

Services:

  • Offshore energy policy and strategy
  • Net Zero transition planning
  • Strategic consenting advice
  • Delivering impactful research
Strategic Advisor on Round 4 Offshore Wind

Strategic Advisor on Round 4 Offshore Wind

HMC provided strategic advice to the Crown Estate on Round 4 offshore wind delivery in...

Project Aim:

To provide expert, strategic advice to the Crown Estate on Round 4 offshore wind delivery in the UK.

Project Outcome:

Innovations in how offshore wind is delivered in the UK are identified and realised, ensuring that the UK’s ambitions for Net Zero offshore are delivered in a sustainable and compliant way.

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Evaluation of the Shared Outcomes Fund ‘Offshore Wind Enabling Actions Programme (OWEAP)’

Evaluation of the Shared Outcomes Fund ‘Offshore Wind Enabling Actions Programme (OWEAP)’

HMC provided sector specific expertise to support a two year project to provide the monitoring...

Project Aim:

To capture valuable learning from OWEAP, quantifying its impact and assessing its influence on associated policy.

Project Outcome:

To ensure the OWEAP is successful in tackling the dual challenges of expansion of offshore wind and the protection and enhancement of the marine environment.

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Ecological Consequences of Offshore Wind (ECOWind)

Ecological Consequences of Offshore Wind (ECOWind)

HMC supported NERC and the Crown Estate in the development of a Partnership and Opportunity...

Project Aim:

To develop a Partnership and Opportunity Programme to understand the Ecological Consequences of Offshore Wind (ECOWind), addressing critical gaps in scientific understanding regarding the complexity of interactions within the marine ecosystems that will be affected by the large-scale deployment of offshore wind infrastructure in the UK.

Project Outcome:

A developed programme that will provide evidence to inform future marine policy, marine spatial planning, and offshore wind deployment decisions.

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Ocean Climate and Marine Biodiversity

Through our collective marine experience, HMC support initiatives and organisations focused on identifying climate solutions and supporting marine biodiversity, including blue carbon, and work with our community of practice to mainstream and integrate these approaches into marine planning, policy, and management. This ensures our seas are effectively managed to deliver solutions to ocean climate and biodiversity emergencies and the communities that depend on them.

Services:

  • Marine Protected Area management
  • Mainstreaming ocean climate and biodiversity
  • Ocean climate policy and management
Development of a Strategic Management Framework for Marine Protected Areas in Seychelles

Development of a Strategic Management Framework for Marine Protected Areas in Seychelles

HMC provided ocean governance expertise to develop a strategic framework to guide both the development...

Project Aim:

To develop a strategic management framework to guide the development and implementation of MPAs in Seychelles.

Project Outcome:

Effective implementation of management plans for Marine Protected Areas in Seychelles, including those designated under the Seychelles Marine Spatial Plan (MSP).

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Ocean Recovery

Ocean Recovery

WWF, together with Sky Ocean Rescue, delivered a campaign to set the UK on a...

Project Aim:

To develop detailed policy requests, improving ambition on UK marine restoration, and identify ways to secure government interest, supporting the WWF to navigate the complex UK marine policy landscape.

Project Outcome:

A set of WWF-owned policy aims for UK Ocean Recovery which generate change through the identification of mutual interests aligning sustainable future aims to government objectives.

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Delivering Marine Net Gain

Delivering Marine Net Gain

HMC undertook an analysis of the UK government policy and delivery landscape to support Defra...

Project Aim:

To provide an analysis underpinning the development of innovative policy approaches to environmental restoration and Marine Net Gain (MNG).

Project Outcome:

The development of evidence-based and innovative policy making in the UK regarding the implementation of MNG.

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Fisheries Management

HMC provides holistic advice to governments, professional bodies, NGOs, and industry across all aspects of fisheries management, to enable sustainable and innovative management which: maintains the viability of fisheries, documents and promotes their benefits at the social, economic, and environmental levels, and protects the marine environment.

Services:

  • Sustainable fisheries practice
  • Fisheries policy
  • Compliance and enforcement
  • Monitoring and evaluation
Technological solutions for sea fisheries control and enforcement

Technological solutions for sea fisheries control and enforcement

HMC provided advice to Defra to understand the state of fisheries management in the UK...

Project Aim:

To advise Defra in understanding the state of fisheries management in the UK EEZ and future monitoring requirements, by undertaking research focused on understanding and capturing policy, political, operational, technical, and financial needs of stakeholders including operational teams, government agencies, and enforcement agencies.

Project Outcome:

The identification of future technological solutions for UK fisheries management integrating viable innovative fisheries technology.

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Evaluation of Fisheries Control and Enforcement

Evaluation of Fisheries Control and Enforcement

This project aimed to enhance the MMO’s understanding of the effectiveness and efficiency of its...

Project Aim:

To enhance the MMO’s understanding of the effectiveness and efficiency of its control and enforcement actions and options in order to inform future actions and budget needs.

Project Outcome:

A set of recommendations for future development of fisheries compliance in England, underpinned by an in-depth understanding of English fishers’ attitudes to compliance.

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Review of Falkland Islands Finfish Fisheries

Review of Falkland Islands Finfish Fisheries

HMC worked with project partners to review the approach and capacity of the Falkland Islands...

Project Aim:

To understand the current Falkland Island Government’s approach and capacity for effective management of their finfish fisheries, and how fully the objectives of the Fisheries Ordinance were being met.

Project Outcome:

The identification of future management strategies, priorities, institutional changes and governance approaches to support profitable, sustainable fisheries in the Falkland Islands.

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Just Transitions

HMC understand the need for the transition to a sustainable Blue Economy to be inclusive, and for benefits to be equitably distributed. Taking into account societal impacts and considerations, including issues of gender equity and social justice, we ensure societal issues are embedded into sustainable Blue Economy plans, policies and interventions.

Services:

  • Transition planning for Blue Economy sectors
  • Designing and facilitating stakeholder and public engagement
  • Developing policy and guidance
  • Marine social science research and systems analysis
Blue Planet Fund Programme: Design Analysis and Recommendations

Blue Planet Fund Programme: Design Analysis and Recommendations

The Blue Planet Fund (BPF), funded by UK Official Development Assistance (ODA), will contribute to...

Project Aim:

To support the design of the Blue Planet Fund, a key global initiative in managing our ocean and reducing poverty.

Project Outcome:

The development of interventions supported by the BPF that will reduce poverty and protect the marine environment across small scale fisheries, sustainable aquaculture, ocean management capacity and critical marine habitats for coastal resilience.

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Development of a sustainable Blue Economy transition framework

Development of a sustainable Blue Economy transition framework

HMC worked with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to develop a pioneering Sustainable Blue Economy...

Project Aim:

To assist governments and decision makers in developing their own plans for transitioning to a Sustainable Blue Economy.

Project Outcome:

Countries globally will be able to move towards a Sustainable Blue Economy – one that delivers and embodies ocean-related Sustainable Development Goals.

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