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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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Innovative Wave Study on Rock Sea Defences

Whilst it has been apparent for a long time that some forms of and fashions of rock bunds seem more effective than others in contesting erosion, it has yet to be fully understood why this should be so, or exactly how different rock platforms dissipate the power of waves, and to what degree. A team […]

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Long term dredging damage to Thames fishing grounds

Fishing News of 24th October 2014 published an article written by Tim Oliver on the findings of the Thames fishermen who have seen their fishing grounds damaged by the intense dredging operations in constructing the huge deep water container terminal at Thurrock, on the north bank of the Thames, just 20 miles east of central […]

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ENDS Journal reviews Conserving The Great Blue

We provide here the July 2014 review by the ENDS Journal of Deborah Wright’s work, Conserving The Great Blue.

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Tyndal research paper into Offshore Aggregate induced Erosion

In the hope of getting some meaningful empirical research performed that would conclusively prove the impact that Offshore Aggregate Dredging is having upon our coastline, MARINET wrote to Mike Walkden and P.K. Stansby, authors of Tyndal Working Paper 97 ‘The effect of dredging off Great Yarmouth on the wave conditions and erosion of the North […]

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Erosion threatens Scroby windfarm stability

The continuing dredging of aggregate in close proximity to the Scroby wind turbines has brought about a considerable reduction to the Scroby Sandbank and loss of the seabed, to the extent that the wind turbines embedded nearby are now threatened with instability. Three years ago the deeply entrenched power line taking the generated power from […]

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Marinet provides here its comments submitted to the MMO, 26th September 2014, with respect to licence applications for Area 296 and Area 494

Area 296 and 494 Letter to MMO 26th Sept 2014

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Marinet provides the EU Commission with advice on the principles which should govern its review of MSFD Descriptor 3

We provide here a copy of the letter, dated 26th September 2014, which Marinet has sent to the EU Commission concerning the need for a “strong definition” of MSFD Descriptor 3 which governs commercial fish and shellfish stocks.

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Marinet provides ICES with full advice regarding the principles to be observed in the review of MSFD Descriptor 3

We provide here a copy of the letter, dated 13th September 2014, which Marinet sent to ICES in order to inform ICES of the scientific reasoning and need for a strong working definition of Descriptor 3 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Descriptor 3 defines of “good environmental status” for commercial fish and shellfish stocks”.

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Marinet provides ICES with initial advice on the principles which need to be observed in the review of MSFD Descriptor 3

We provide here a copy of the advice, dated 29th August 2014, rendered by Marinet to ICES in connection with the workshop ICES ran on 4/5th September 2014 in response to a request from the EU Commission to ICES for advice concerning a review of the wording and working definition of MSFD Descriptor 3 which […]

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EU Commission informs Marinet of a “review” of MSFD Descriptors

We provide here a copy of the advice, dated 26th August 2014, supplied to Marinet by the EU Commission concerning its review of MSFD “good environmental status” Descriptors, and Descriptor 3 in particular which relates to commercial fish and shellfish stocks.

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Marinet paper to OSPAR, 12th September 2014, on Descriptor 3 (commercial fish and shellfish stocks) of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

We provide here a copy of the Marinet Agenda Paper present to the OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. ICG-MSFD meeting in London on 12th September 2014 which presents the case against moves to debase Descriptor 3, […]

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Pew Trust’s preliminary comments on “EU fishing opportunities 2015”

We provide here the full text of The Pew Charitable Trust’s “Preliminary Reaction to Commission’s Communication Concerning a Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2015 July 1st 2014.”

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