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Marinet’s submission to UK Parliament Select Committee is critical of marine governance

Marinet has made a submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee and its Inquiry titled “Sustainable Seas”. Marinet has informed the Select Committee that: We believe that there is a profound dishonesty in the way in which Government and Parliament conducts its affairs with regards to the sea and ocean. It makes […]

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Senior European Experts provide a Briefing on UK Fisheries following Brexit

We provide a link to the article written by the independent group known as Senior European Experts who have written an in-depth Briefing on the issues likely to govern the nature of UK Fisheries following Brexit. The Briefing is titled Fisheries: The Transition Agreement and Future Arrangements and can be viewed here.  

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Marinet submission to House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee inquiry into ‘Sustainable Seas’

We provide here the Marinet submission, May 2018, made to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s inquiry Sustainable Seas into the management of UK seas.  This follows on from an earlier Marinet submission, October 2016 to the the same UK Parliament Select Committee.  

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UK Seas in Crisis : Will Brexit change things?

We publish here the full text of an article written for The Marine Quarterly. The Marine Quarterly has agreed to the publication of an abridged version of this article in its Summer 2018 edition. UK Seas in Crisis : Will Brexit change things?    

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A Tribute to Patrick Gowen, 1932-2017, who helped found Marinet and was its first Chairman

Patrick Gowen was a founding Member of Marinet at its inception in 2002 and its first Chairman. We provide here a Tribute to a person of exceptional calibre and commitment to the environment, and to whom Marinet and many others owe a great debt. May his example remain a standard for the future and to […]

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A History of the EU Bathing Water Directives, 76/160/EEC and 2006/7/EC by Pat Gowen

We provide here the History of the old EU Bathing Water Directive, 76/160/EEC, written by Pat Gowen and an Assessment of the new Directive, 2006/7/EC written by Stephen Eades with Notes provided by Pat Gowen. The old Directive became operational in 1975 and operated until 2015 since when the new Directive applies.  

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Sand, Sea and Sewage

Sand, Sea and Sewage The history of our campaign to address the health threats imposed by marine sewage pollution, and the nature of the response by government in the light of the European Bathing Waters Directive, 76/160/EEC. Author: Patrick Gowen   Preface The author of this article, Patrick (Pat) Gowen died in August 2017 (1932-2017). […]

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Reply received from Historic England to about Goodwin Sands magnetometer survey, June 2017

Reply received from Historic England, 26th June 2017, regarding the proposed dredging project within the Goodwin Sands. Area 521 Historic England response to 04 and 06 June letters 26 June 17  

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Marinet summarises Archaeological Record for Goodwin Sands ahead of magnetometer report

We provide here the Report written by Marinet, July 2017, which summarises the known archaeological record relating to the South Goodwin Sands and the issues involving this record due to the Dover Harbour Board’s aggregate dredging application.  

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Bradwell decides against further FED discharges into the Blackwater Estuary MCZ – with Marinet Comment

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced 21st June 2017: “The site of the former Bradwell nuclear power station [Blackwater estuary, Essex] has now successfully dealt with all of its Fuel Element Debris (FED) waste mdash; a major source of intermediate level radioactive waste at the Essex site.   “This is an important step towards the site’s planned closure, […]

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Marinet writes to Historic England about Goodwin Sands magnetometer survey, June 2017

We provide here links to two letters sent to Historic England, 4th and 6th June 2017, expressing observations and reservations about the magnetometer survey being conducted by the Dover Harbour Board in connection with its application to the MMO for permission to dredge the Goodwin Sands for aggregate. Letters to Historic England (pdf format) 4th […]

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Pelamis Wave Power: Company insolvent, but technology continues

We provide here the link to an item published by Furnacecompare.com, 2nd June 2017, which records the history of the Pelamis Waver Power project, along with its current ongoing commercial development.  

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Env. Agency decides to approve Bradwell FED waste discharges into Blackwater Estuary, Essex

The Environment Agency, as licensing authority, has granted consent in March 2017 for waste nitrate, heavy metal and radioactive material — arising from the treatment by dissolution in nitric acid with associated recovery of radionuclides of the fuel element debris arising from the historic operation of the now decommissioned Bradwell nuclear power plant – to […]

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New Economics Foundation publishes “Fish Dependence, 2017”

We provide here a copy of the New Economics Foundation 2017 report which records and analyses the EU’s fishing industry’s ability to deliver fish food security from our own fish stocks.  

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NEF reports EU still over-fishing in 2017

We provide here a copy of the New Economics Foundation report, Landing the Blame, Overfishing in the Atlantic 2017 which records how over-fishing is persisting within the framework of the Common Fisheries Policy. Click here to read it.  

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Digest of the Oceana Report, Nov. 2016 : Exploitation and Status of European Stocks

We provide here a digest of the essential features of the Oceana Report relating to the Greater North Sea, the Celtic Seas and Rockall, and European stocks overall. We also provide a link to the original report. 1 http://eu.oceana.org/sites/default/files/stockstatusreport_newversion_0.pdf

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Details of Marinet’s legal arguments to prevent the dredging of Goodwin Sands for aggregate

We provide here the text of the legal arguments presented by Marinet on 22nd February 2017 to, firstly, the Ministry of Defence; secondly, to the Marine Management Organisation; and thirdly, to the Dover Harbour Board.   Area 521 Bindmans to MOD final 22 Feb 17 Area 521 Bindmans to MMO final 22 Feb 17 Area […]

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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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