Key sea research ‘badly funded’

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Scientific research into the seas is disorganised and underfunded despite its importance to human survival, MPs have warned.

Members of the Science and Technology Select Committee say the UK has the potential to be at the forefront of marine science.

It is an area of research that could contribute to nearly every industry, from healthcare to cosmetics, it says.

But funding has fallen in real terms over the past decade, the MPs report.

The marine science and technology sector received