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Scottish Association for Marine Science


Oban, Argyll, Scotland, UK

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Academic institute



Marine research


SAMS is an independent marine science organisation in Scotland that 'provides the research, education and enterprise that society needs to protect and make use of our seas and oceans. It operates with a vision to secure healthy and sustainable oceans' . Their multidisciplinary researchers focus on three complex societal challenges: 1. to increase our understanding of ocean systems (by studying physical oceanography, ecosystem function, biogeochemist and Arctic science); 2. to provide tools and knowledge to manage the health and uses of our changing coasts (by researching climate change impacts, pollution, marine conservation, fisheries and social science); and 3. to support the development of a sustainable blue economy (focusing on aquaculture including seaweed production, energy generation, and biotechnology).

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