"Enabling safe and sustainable marine economies across Commonwealth Small Island Developing States"

The Commonwealth Marine Economies (CME) Programme was announced by the British Prime Minister in 2015 to help Commonwealth Small Island Developing States (SIDS) make the most of their natural maritime advantages, to enable sustainable economic growth and alleviate poverty.

The Programme aims to ensure marine resources that belong to Commonwealth SIDS are better understood and managed, with the aim of enabling sustainable and growing marine economies in Commonwealth SIDS that create jobs, drive national economic growth, reduce poverty, ensure food security and build resilience.

The Programme is being funded and delivered on behalf of the UK Government (managed via the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office) by a partnership of world-leading UK government marine expertise: United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO), the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

This website contains information relating to the NOC led workstreams within the programme. Full details of all work packages can be found on the Commonwealth Marine Economies Programme website.

CME Programme locations

Latest News

Nov 2019
Ocean acidification sensors deployed in Belizean waters, Belizean scientists being trained to use new sensor platforms A team of NOC scientists and technicians were in Belize in October to deploy two NOC-developed sensors designed to monitor changes in ocean acidity across the barrier reef. This work will help inform evidence-based policy aimed at balancing the...
Nov 2019
C-Worker 4 surveying off the Belizean coast Scientists and engineers from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) were in Belize in October conducting research as part of an ongoing...
Oct 2019
Coral Reef Belize A month long fieldwork campaign has begun in Belizean coastal waters which will enhance understanding of the sensitivities of these fragile...
Sep 2019
A study led by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists, recently published in Frontiers in Marine Science, presents the first ever images...