Welcome to NMBAQC
The NMBAQC scheme provides a source of external Quality Assurance (QA) for laboratories engaged in the production of marine biological data.
The scheme is made up of six distinct components, each run by separate scheme administrators and contract managers. Each of the components can be viewed via the top navigation menu under Scheme Components.
The NMBAQC scheme is open to participants from across the European Union. In the United Kingdom all Competent Monitoring Authority laboratories and their contractors undertaking statutory marine monitoring programmes are required to participate. However, participation from others engaged in the production of marine biological data is welcomed.
New guidance published by UK government
Guidance has been published on how to assess the impact of your activity in estuarine (transitional) and coastal waters for the Water Framework Directive (WFD). ; 16 Dec 2016
marine monitoring method finder
JNCC has developed a new tool to meet the needs of the UK marine monitoring community. Please try it out and provide feedback.; 05 Apr 2016
This interactive tool has been designed to assist in the development of national and regional marine planning. National Marine Plan interactive (NMPi) allows you to view different types of information and, where appropriate, links have been provided to the related parts of Scotland's Marine Atlas and will also be provided to the National Marine Plan in due course.; 05 Apr 2016
Winter version of Defra Fishing Focus
Fishing Focus is a marine newsletter published by Defra to keep stakeholders informed about the work Defra are doing. Their winter version is now out.; 29 Jan 2016
European Atlas of the seas
This is an innovative application bringing the maritime world and Europe's maritime heritage straigt to your computer screen.; 03 Aug 2015
Phytoplankton report 2016
The results from the International Phytoplankton Intercomparison exercise can now be downloaded from the NMBAQC web site.; 21 Dec 2016
RTB 51 now available
The Benthic invertebrate ring test bulletin 51 can now be downloaded from our web site.; 31 Oct 2016
Benthic Invertebrate Annual Report 2015-2016
The annual report for 2015-2016 for the Benthic Invertebrate component is now available for download.; 29 Jun 2016
Fish annual report 2015/2016
The Fish component annual report for 2015/2016 is now available for download from our web site.; 07 Jun 2016
Own Sample modules
The summary report for the Own sample module, comprising of exercises OS59, 60 and 61, is now available for download.; 24 May 2016