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GM research produces plant containing omega-3 fish oils

We publish here an article from the journal Metabolic Engineering Communications, titled “Field trial evaluation of the accumulation of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic Camelina sativa: Making fish oil substitutes in plants”, published in April 2015.

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IUCN Report on European Red List of Marine Species, June 2015

We reproduce here the IUCN Report on the status of all marine species in European seas and, in particular, those threatened with extinction. The report also considers the management policies necessary to both restore and maintain the health of all marine species in European seas. European Red List of Marine Fishes (4MB pdf file)

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Marine Conservation Society launches new Beach Guide

The Marine Conservation Society reports, May 2015: “A new era in beach information — as beaches get set to meet a stricter bathing guidelines the MCS popular website goes beyond the beach. We’ve published our Good Beach Guide to campaign for better water quality since 1988. We can now reveal that it has achieved many […]

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Different methods of commercial fishing examined and explained

We provide here 3 articles written by the Safina Center, USA, about different methods of commercial fishing. Trawls — Bulldozers of the Ocean Gillnets — The Entanglers Dredges — The Bottom Scrapers   Additional information on fishing gears is also available in The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, 25th Report “Turning the Tide”, (Addressing The […]

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Management of European Sea Bass: UK Parliament 2014 debate

Management of European Sea Bass: UK Parliament 2014 debate. We provide here the link www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141203/halltext/141203h0001.htm and also the text of the debate that took place in the UK Parliament on 3rd December 2014 regarding the management of the European Sea Bass stocks.

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Deep Sea Conservation Coalition deep-sea fishing campaign

We provide here the full version of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition leaflet, October 2014, which records the current practices, the current law, and the current changes in law and practices being sought by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition with respect to deep sea fishing in UK and EU seas.

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Scientific Studies from around the world on the erosion resulting from offshore sand and gravel dredging

Based mainly upon computerised assumptive ‘research’ made by those selected, appointed and paid for by the dredgers themselves, the British Government continues to claim that they are unaware of any evidence linking offshore sand and aggregate dredging with the rapidly increasing loss of our shoreline. But well founded evidence of the impact exists from researched […]

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Marinet writes to Defra about MMO and Dutch trawler’s illegal fishing

We provide here the text of a letter, dated 13th March 2015, sent by Marinet to the UK Minister for Fisheries concerning illegal fish by a Dutch trawler and the resulting prosecution.  

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Marinet raises co-location principle for MCZs with UK Marine Minister

We provide here the text of a letter, dated 13th March 2015, from Marinet to the UK’s Minister for Marine Affairs about the failure to deliver the co-location principle in connection with MCZs and the delivery of an ecologically coherent network of reserves.  

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Managing Fisheries in the Public Interest, a Report by the New Economics Foundation, March 2015

Click on the image below to download the NEF report.  

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Marinet’s MCZ submission to Defra – Feb 2015

We provide here the Marinet submission to Defra in response to its public consultation on the Government’s delivery on its next (second) block of Marine Conservation Zones in English seas, dated February 2015.

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Further evidence of dredging induced coastal erosion

Tyndal Working Paper 97 of December 2006 authored by Mike Walkden and P.K. Stansby, entitled ‘The effect of dredging off Great Yarmouth on the wave conditions and erosion of the North Norfolk Coast’ (including all references). It is a research paper by the Crown Estate, prepared in conjunction with ABPMer, British Geological Survey and HR […]

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Surfers Against Sewage Warns of 1,496 Pollution Events This Last Bathing Season

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have warned the public of almost 1,500 separate pollution incidents from 786 separate sewer overflow discharges and 771 predicted diffuse pollution events that occurred at UK beaches during the this last years ‘Bathing Season’ in England and Wales. This resulted in 212,772 real-time pollution warnings being issued to subscribers to their […]

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The price of holding back the sea

David Shukman created a most interesting report entitled ‘Holding Back The Sea’ that was broadcast at 21:00 GMT on Wednesday 19th November. It asked the big question as to how can vulnerable coastal communities be protected from flooding now that many areas are no longer funded by the government as was once the case. David […]

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National Audit Office report on Flood Defences

On 5th November (note the anniversary of the date when one Guido Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament) The National Audit Office, who keep a close eye on value from government expenditure did their bit by expressing their concern on the cost and effectiveness of our flood defences by addressing the highly topical concern of […]

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Changes to SMP?

Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth, who was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 15th July 2014, has just written the following in his 7th November 2014 Newsletter. Shoreline Management Plan ‘Can Be Amended’ The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, […]

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Bathing Water Directive 2007/7/EC, full text

We provide here the full text of the new EU Bathing water directive which applies to all UK designated bathing waters from 2015 onwards.

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Marine Aggregate Dredging statistics

The Crown Estate and BMAPA have provided the following information graphing the area of the UK seabed licensed for aggregate dredging and showing the total area dredged from 2008 until 2012. The overall take appears to be reducing, as has that taken from offshore Great Yarmouth, as it seems to be moving more now to […]

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Selling the Silver : The enclosure of UK fisheries

We provide here a copy of Emma Cardwell article for the Land Magazine, Issue 15 Winter 2013-14, titled “Selling the Silver : The enclosure of UK fisheries”, which outlines how the UK fishing industry has fallen into the hands of a very small, select group of owners.

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Discussion by George Monbiot, October 2014, of what nature conservation means

George Monbiot writes in his article in The Guardian, 24th October 2014: “A few days ago, I visited the Flamborough Head “no take zone”, one of the UK’s three areas in which commercial fishing is prohibited. Here marine life is allowed to proliferate, without being menaced by trawlers, scallop dredgers, drift nets, pots and all […]

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