• Our focus:

    Our focus:

    • The Implementation of the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009
    • The Reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy
    • Marine Pollution by Sewage Outfalls
    • Opposition to Offshore Aggregate Dredging
  • Central to these campaigns is our work on:

    Central to these campaigns is our work on:

    • The Shoreline Management Plan
    • Marine Reserves
    • The ecosystem-based approach to marine management
    • Action on the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic
  • Ocean planet

    Ocean planet

    In this publication we review the serious challenges which our seas and oceans now face, and we outline proposals for fundamental changes in marine management to solve this crisis.

  • Marine Aggregate Dredging

    Marine Aggregate Dredging

    MARINET’s 24 minute video presentation on Marine Aggregate Dredging providing a balanced view from all stakeholders, can be seen by clicking below. Although some of content is now several years old, the points of view remain topical. It is presented in three parts which may be played sequentially or individually.

  • Our Guide to Whales and their Survival

    Our Guide to Whales and their Survival

    They say the sea is cold, but the sea contains the hottest blood of all, and the wildest, the most urgent. — D.H. Lawrence

    There is a profound intelligence in our oceans. This intelligence is embodied within the magnificently evolved brains of the cetacean nations – the dolphins and the whales!

  • Our Guide to British Marine Animals

    Our Guide to British Marine Animals

    In order to illustrate this article, we have very kindly had some photographs made available to us by the marine photographer, Paul Naylor.

  • Visit California’s Central Coast Kelp Forest

    Visit California’s Central Coast Kelp Forest

    Watch a film about the marine life in the kelp forests of California’s Central Coast. The marine life in these kelp forests is some of the most diverse in the world and this exceptional film and commentary, made by Terry Lilley (marine biologist and former pro-surfer) and his assistant Sue Sloan, records a world of extraordinary beauty, colour and diversity.

Welcome to Marinet

MARINET is the voluntary network of Friends of the Earth Local Groups tasked with managing marine conservation issues for national Friends of the Earth. Membership is open not just to FOE Local Groups, but also to individuals and non-FOE organisations.

To find out more about Marinet and our activities please read our welcome message from our chair David Levy.

Don’t miss this…

What will the world inherit from GM salmon – the death of the wild oceans?.

About 50 percent of the fish we eat are farmed. There is good reason for this as, one by one, the world’s commercial fisheries collapse through overfishing. According to FAO (2010) [UN Food and Agricultural Organisation], 70% of the world’s large commercial fisheries have either failed or are not far from it.

When things started to go wrong with world fisheries, fish farming was hailed as the ultimate solution. Fish could be produced cheaply and pressure removed from wild stocks. It seemed like the perfect solution to a very big problem.

Evidence for MCZ designations, February 2013

The UK government is claiming that of the 127 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) currently submitted to the Minister by his statutory advisors for designation only 31 are presently fit for purpose – and that further scientific evidence is still required for the official designation of the remaining 96 recommended MCZ sites. We provide here evidence which exists at the present time for one of these 96 “deferred sites” to show that the scientific evidence in support of its designation is already as full as can be reasonably required, and that therefore an assertion about “insufficient scientific evidence” simply cannot be sustained by the UK government.

New Deep Ocean Exploration

A fascinating 18 minute video presentation by Robert Ballard from the US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute on previously undiscovered deep ocean life which is capable of existing without photosynthesis. We know more about the moon than we do of the depths on our own planet.

Memories of the 1953 North Sea Surge

Watch this 1964 news documentary to see some of the horrors of the 1953 floods in East Anglia.




Meet the tuna before they’re fished-out




Coral Sea marine national park established

Global Ocean Legacy Coral Sea


Scroby Island The demise of Scroby Island





One Cubic Foot of sea – in pictures   A selection of the creatures documented from the Temae Reef.





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