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East Dorset FOE’s response to MMO’s draft South Marine Plan, February 2017

We provide here the full text of East Dorset Friends of the Earth’s response to the MMO in connection its consultation on draft proposal for the South Marine Plan, February 2017.  

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Marinet’s submission to the Welsh Assembly, February 2017, concerning the management of Welsh MPAs

We provide here the full text of the Marinet submission Click here to view as a pdf

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Marinet submission to EA on Bradwell FED permit applications

We provide here the comments of Marinet, 4th December 2016, to the Environment Agency concerning the application by Magnox Limited to be allowed to discharge waste radioactivity, heavy metals and nitrates into the Blackwater estuary from Bradwell nuclear power station (decommissioned). These wastes arise from the Fuel Element Debris (FED) process whereby metals parts and […]

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MMO approves aggregate dredging in the Kingmere MCZ, West Sussex (Area 453 and 488)

The MMO has advised Marinet in a letter dated 14th November 2016 of its decision to allow aggregate dredging in the Kingmere MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone, West Sussex (Area 453 and 488), and in this letter the MMO offers its assessment of Marinet’s concerns submitted to the MMO in January 2016 http://www.marinet.org.uk/campaign-article/aggregate-companies-seek-licence-from-mmo-to-dredge-kingmere-mczMarine Conservation ZoneMarine […]

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Marinet makes second submission to the MMO over plan to dredge Goodwin Sands rMCZ

We provide here the full text of a second submission by Marinet, dated 7th November 2016, to the Marine Management Organisation about the Dover Harbour Board’s application to dredge the Goodwin Sands rMCZ for sand to be used as construction material in the redevelopment of the Port of Dover’s western docks.

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Marinet evidence to Environment Audit Committee’s Inquiry into UK delivery of MPAs

We provide here the text of the evidence submitted, October 2016, by Marinet with regard to the delivery of Marine Conservation Zones by the UK Government.

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Marinet publishes proposals for the UK fishing industry following Brexit

We provide here proposals published by Marinet, October 2016, which set out the principles that need to govern reform of UK fisheries management following Brexit. These proposals are grounded in an analysis, also produced here, of the seriously depleted nature of the fish stocks in UK seas and the reasons for this.

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Greenpeace film and report exposes unsustainable nature of big fishing vessels in the UK

We provide here a short film and an investigative report titled A Wolf in Shrimps Clothing, produced January/February 2013 by Greenpeace. This material examines the unequal relationship between big business and big fishing vessels versus small fishermen and their traditional practices. It also examines the role of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations in the […]

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ICES report on condition of Sea Bass stock, June 2016

We provide here the text of the ICES report, published June 2016, into the condition of the European Sea Bass stock. Commercial fishing has taken the stock below the level for a safe spawning stock biomassThe amount of living matter. This is therefore a different measure to numbers of organisms. So, for example, there is […]

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Marinet submission to MMO over aggregate dredging application at Goodwin Sands

We provide here the Marinet submission, July 2016, to the Marine Management Organisation in respect of the application by the Dover Harbour Board to dredge 2.5 million m3 of sand from South Goodwin Sands in order to provide infill material for its Western Docks Revival Scheme. The Goodwin Sands is a recommended Marine Conservation Zone […]

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Is the Blackwater Estuary MCZ being assessed for the impact of discharges from the decommissioning of Bradwell nuclear power station ?

We provide here a chronological record (October 2015 to February 2016) of the enquiries made by Marinet to the Environment Agency concerning the issuing of a discharge licence to Magnox Limited for waste radioactivity, heavy metals and nitrates arising from the dissolution of fuel element debris during the decommissioning of Bradwell nuclear power station, Essex. […]

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Fishing levels around the world are seriously under recorded

We provide here a copy of Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller, January 2016. Publisher: Nature Communications. For viewing online, see http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160119/ncomms10244/full/ncomms10244.html

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Aggregate Companies seek licence from MMO to dredge Kingmere MCZ

We provide here the submission which Marinet has made, 8th January 2016, to Her Majesty’s Government’s Marine Management Organisation in respect of the licence application by Cemex UK and Tarmac Marine to be allowed to extract (dredge) sand and gravel from the seabed over the next 15 years from two sites, Area 453 and 488, […]

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‘Marinet Special’ on Alternative Aggregate to Marine Sand : Interim Progress Report

We provide here an Interim Progress Report, December 2015, on the reception given by the industry, government, the statutory nature conservation agency, and the licence regulator to Marinet’s proposal to substitute ‘manufactured sand’ from waste quarry rocks for sand dredged from the seabed. Marine Aggregate Extraction — The Need to Dredge : Fact or Fiction? […]

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EU Fishing in Crisis : Politicians are wilfully breaking the law

We provide here a series of reports, principally written by the New Economics Foundation, which demonstrate that in the years since CFP reform in 2014 (i.e. in 2015 and 2016) EU Fisheries Ministers have been setting catch levels for many of the commercial fish stocks in the Baltic and Northern European seas which are clearly […]

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Deep Sea Mining : the nature of the resource, and the threat to ocean integrity

We provide here the text of an article written for The Huffington Post, 20th October 2015 by Prof. Richard Steiner (formerly University of Alaska, now Oasis Earth), the opening of which reads: “Adding to concerns about the disastrous decline in ocean ecosystems, now there is another emerging threat — deep sea mining. While shallow water […]

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Ocean Acidification explained in RSC lecture

In a lecture given by Dr Helen Findlay , October 2015, at the Royal Society of Chemistry the subject of ocean acidification is explained in detail. Ocean acidification is increasingly a term used by scientists, and reported in the media, as one of the big issues of concern for our planet: “the evil twin of […]

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Plastic now found widely on the ocean seabed at elevated concentrations relative to seawater

We provide here a link to a Latest News item which reports on a study which shows that waste plastic is now being found at high concentrations relative to seawater in the sediments on the seabed, and that the ocean seabed is becoming a “sink”. The long-term toxicology consequences are unknown.

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Marinet asks Environment Agency whether Bradwell’s nuclear discharges are legal

We provide here the text of a letter, 5th October 2015, from Marinet to the Chairman of the Environment Agency’s Board, which asks the Agency whether the nuclear waste discharges which it is permitting from the Bradwell nuclear power station, located on the Blackwater estuary in Essex, are legal. Download letter as a pdf file. […]

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The Humanitarian side of the Shoreline Management Plan

The Guardian published a remarkable Heart-warming and emotive story written by Patrick Backham that shows the impact of the Shoreline Management Plan upon just two of those victims who have put up a valiant fight to to try to save their homes from the sea, and the amazing level of ruthless authoritarian bureaucracy employed by […]

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