The University of Hull is hoping to shape European Union marine policies of the future as part of a new study.
The university has been awarded £252,554 for the Vectors of Change in Oceans and Seas Marine Life, Impact on Economic Sectors (VECTORS) study.
The study will analyse ecosystems in European waters and how natural and human factors impact on them.
Fifteen countries will be involved in the £10m study focusing on the North, Baltic and Western Mediterranean Seas.
Between them the 37 organisations involved in the study will analyse public health, tourism, transport, fisheries and off-shore wind energy devices to see how future policies can be shaped.
The university's Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS) will work with its law, business and political schools to focus on marine energy, fisheries and non-native species and their influence on economics and ecology.
It is hoped the project will inform European marine policy in the future and improve the understanding of ocean use by industry and society.
Professor Mike Elliott, director of IECS, said: "It is fantastic that we're going to be able to have an input from a range of academic perspectives.
"This project will help to shape the policies to ensure decisions that we make will be beneficial for marine life in the long term."