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New Bathing Water Directive for 2015

We provide here the full text of the new Bathing Water Directive [Titled: DIRECTIVE 2006/7/EC OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 15th February 2006 concerning the management of bathing water quality and repealing Directive 76/160/EEC] which becomes operative in 2015.

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Up Frenchman’s creek: A case study on managing commercial fishing in an English Special Area of Conservation and its implications

We provide here the full text of an article by Dr. Jean-Luc Solandt et al. titled “Up Frenchman’s creek: A case study on managing commercial fishing in an English Special Area of Conservation and its implications.” which considers the management of commercial fisheries in English Special Areas of Conservation (SACsSpecial Areas of Conservation) and the […]

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Letter to Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons 5th April 2014

We provide here a copy of the Marinet letter, dated 5th April 2014, to the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons which asks that supplementary questions be submitted in writing to the Defra Minister, George Eustice MP, about the delivery of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs).

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We provide here the Marinet response to the “Castle Debate” on the outcome of CFP Reform, held in London on 4th March 2014

The report can also be read in a printable PDF format.

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Increased sea to land transfer of radioactivity due to winter storms

Report by Tim Deere-Jones, marine radioactivity consultant, on increased sea-to-land transfer of radioactivity as a result of winter storms, 2013-2014. Read report here.

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Plastic Pollution of the Oceans : A Problem of Immense and Increasing Gravity

We provide here a “Marinet Special” — a collection of articles and films which clearly portray the immense nature of the pollution problem which now confronts the oceans and ourselves due to waste plastics. The portrait is stark, solidly based in science, and deeply worrisome. The solution is possible, but it requires action of a […]

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“Earthworms of the sea” are being harmed by micro-plastic pollution

The Guardian reports, 2nd December 2013: “Tiny bits of plastic rubbish ingested by marine worms is significantly harming their health and will have wider impact on ocean ecosystems, scientists have found. Microplastic particles, measuring less than 5mm in size, have been accumulating in the oceans since the 1960s and are now the most abundant form […]

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Washing each synthetic garment can release “up to 1,900 plastic fibres” into the sea

BBC News, 27th January 2012, reports: “Microscopic plastic debris from washing clothes is accumulating in the marine environment and could be entering the food chain, a study has warned. Researchers traced the “microplastic” back to synthetic clothes, which released up to 1,900 tiny fibres per garment every time they were washed. Earlier research showed plastic […]

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The death of albatrosses from plastic pollution – does it foretell our fate too?

The Guardian, 3rd November 2009, reports: “Chris Jordan’s startling photographs capture the deceased albatross chicks that have washed up on an island the north of the Pacific, their stomachs overflowing with plastic litter. To see these photographs, click here. It’s a discovery to appal a modern-day Captain Cook. A vast plastic terra incognita, composed of […]

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“Plastic Bag”, a short film charting the life of a plastic bag from supermarket to the ocean

This short film by American director Ramin Bahrani traces the epic, existential journey of a plastic bag (voiced by Werner Herzog) searching for its lost maker, the woman who took it home from the store and eventually discarded it. Along the way, it encounters strange creatures, experiences love in the sky, grieves the loss of […]

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Film “Synthetic Sea” – how plastics have entered the marine food chain, and the consequences

This film “Synthetic Sea” has been produced by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation and records c. 2010 the results of a research project to evaluate the presence and impact of non-biodegradable plastic (man-made plastics) on the oceans and the life that lives there. The implications of the facts portrayed by this film are worrisome, to […]

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Film : Garbage Island: An Ocean Full of Plastic

Captain Charles Moore (USA) and the Algalita Marine Research Foundation has made a 3 part film (each part c. 20 mins) which records a research trip to measure and record the nature and extent of plastic pollution in the ocean gyre of the Pacific Ocean. This film is an extended portrait of the subject following […]

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Defra asks: Should fisheries be managed by the UK or EU? Marinet’s reply

Marinet submission to the UK Government (Defra) on the public consultation (January 2014) as to where the “Balance of Competence” between the UK and the EU best lies in the management of fish stocks. We provide here the Marinet submission.

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Further objection to MMO licensing further dredging off Great Yarmouth – 15th Nov 2013

Rather an elongated communication, but felt to be necessary to spell out the details so as to fully cover our concerns and to contain sections that could be used by others objecting to this latest application. ======================================== Friday 15th November 2013 Dear Monika Van Wyk, I write as founder chairman of MARINET, also as an […]

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Marinet’s correspondence with Great Yarmouth MP requesting a “coastal defences levy” on offshore aggregate companies

Marinet member, Mike King, has requested to his MP that Parliament should establish a levy on offshore aggregate dredging companies in order to pay for coastal defences along the East Anglian coast. We provide here a copy of this correspondence. Marinet letter to Brandon Lewis MP, 7th March 2013. Marinet letter to Brandon Lewis MP, […]

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Great Yarmouth Dredging Areas 401/2A/B, correspondence with MMO over new licence applications

Marinet correspondence with Marine Management Organisation regarding dredging areas off Great Yarmouth Marinet Letter to MMO ref MLA201300306 11 Oct 13 Areas 401 and 402 A and B Marinet letter to MMO 13 Oct 13

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Marinet and MMO correspondence over the validity of the E. Anglian offshore dredging wave model

We provide here, in chronological sequence, the correspondence between the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and Marinet over the validity of the wave model used by the offshore aggregate dredging companies in order to justify their dredging licences. The MMO is the government agency charged with responsibility as the regulator of these matters, and the wave […]

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Great Yarmouth Dredging Areas 242, 361A/B/C and 328A. Correspondence with MMO over new licence applications

Marinet correspondence with Marine Management Organisation regarding dredging areas off Great Yarmouth Marinet Letter to MMO ref MLA201300338 11 Oct 13 Areas 242 361ABC and 328A Marinet to MMO 13 Oct 13

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Eminent independent scientists IPSO say than man-made ocean stress factors are far graver than previous estimates

We provide here the introductory text, with link to the main report, of the International Programme on the State of the Ocean, 2013, which states that man-made physical changes to the planet’s oceans — de-oxygenation, acidification, warming — (which the authors refer to as the “deadly trio”) are combining together, in conjunction with over-fishing, to […]

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Fisheries reform and the restoration of fish populations can be achieved by “collective rights” management regimes, says Prof. Arnason

We provide here a summary of the paper presented by Professor Ragnar Arnason, Iceland University, to the 2013 ICES Conference. This paper outlines the measures, procedures and thinking necessary to restore global fisheries to health, and encompasses the idea of “collective rights” entitling communities to own access to fish stocks and to thus have an […]

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