SDG 14 - Life below water

Our oceans are the world’s largest ecosystem. Conserving and using them sustainably is essential to support biodiversity and protect marine resources for sustainable development.

LJMU research and facilities help to protect marine life and preserve our oceans for future generations. Locally, we offer state of the art facilities for students to train the next generation of maritime experts. We also work closely with ports and maritime companies to tackle key industry challenges. Internationally, our researchers have used forensic science to curb the illegal trade of marine wildlife and to detect microplastics in seas.

Key statistics

3.6km below seabed

Researchers took samples from up to 3.6km below the seabed and discovered at least one particle of microplastic for every gram of sediment.

Two times as many species

The eDNA technique has already managed to detect twice as many species as other methods, in a fraction of the time.

431 fishers

431 fishers turning to maritime charities for support were represented in an LJMU report.

360 degrees

Our Maritime Hub includes a 360-degree ship-handling simulator.