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‘The Ocean Planet’ publication by Marinet

In this publication we review the serious challenges which our seas and oceans now face, and we outline proposals for fundamental changes in marine management to solve this crisis.

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Food Security is central to CFP reform, supported by the correct policy and management objectives

We provide here (pdf file) a summary of the essential objectives that reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) must implement in order to achieve the primary aim of CFP Reform, namely the re-establishment of Food Security. Presented here is our graph, researched from scientific papers, which plots the decline in the North Sea […]

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MARINET has made a submission to the EU Commission

MARINET has made a submission to the EU Commission in connection with the Commission’s public consultation on how fishing quotas should be set for 2012 and beyond, and how over-fishing can be eliminated — “Fishing Opportunities : COM (2011) 298 final”. Our submission explains precisely how these to key issues of CFP Reform should be […]

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MARINET response to CSIRO (Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)

CSIRO was asked by the Australian Government to consult with UK and US organisations on the impact of marine aggregate dredging in these two countries, and thus to advise on lessons applicable to Australia should a similar decision be made in that country to dredge for marine aggregate.

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Defining the compliance of Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy with EU law

We provide here (pdf file) a short statement, agreed with Ocean 2012, (www.ocean2012.eu) which explains how to determine whether the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, and its reform, operates in compliance with EU law. This compliance is essential not just in terms on legal principle, but also because such compliance will ensure the use of the […]

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Release of Radiation via Cooling Water in New Designs of Nuclear Power Stations

This report, Liquid Radioactive Waste Discharges from the UK’s Proposed new Reactors  published in March 2011 by Tim Deere-Jones, a marine pollution consultant, records the nature and amount of radioactivity likely to be discharged via cooling water into the estuarine and coastal environment from the new designs of nuclear power station proposed for the UK. […]

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why we should not risk irreversible damaging levels of radioactive contamination to our marine environment from the UK’s proposed New Nuclear Reactor Installation Programme

We provide here an article by Mike King, MARINET member (Gt Yarmouth), which explains why we should not risk irreversible damaging levels of radioactive contamination to our marine environment from the UK’s proposed New Nuclear Reactor Installation Programme.

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Are we evaluating the risk from failure of our nuclear power stations?

This is a copy of an article from the San Luis Obispo Journal (SLO Journal), California, USA, where environmentalists are asking the question — what happens if Japan is repeated here? MARINET asks, are we similarly evaluating the true nature of the impact of a serious failure, for whatever reason, of our nuclear power stations in the UK?

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Eumarsand — A European approach to Marine Aggregate Dredging

‘Eumarsand’, the European Sand and Gravel Resources site could prove to be a step toward responsible sanity as it directly states the environmental harm brought about by offshore aggregate mining.

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Wild Salmon Under Threat

Wild Atlantic salmon under severe threat — We provide here the text of an article by Robert MacDougall-Davis, a biologist and writer specialising in fish ecology, about the severe threat to the survival of the Wild Atlantic Salmon, the causes of that threat, and the management strategies needed to bring the Wild Atlantic Salmon back from the brink of commercial, if not actual, extinction.

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The Decline in North Sea Fish stocks between 1880 and 2010

We provide here our Briefing (pdf file) which records the severe decline that has taken place in most stocks of commercial fish species in the North Sea between 1880 and 2010. 1880 marks the advent of the introduction of steam powered fishing practices which have been further developed throughout the subsequent 120 years to result […]

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MARINET’s Report to Marine Scotland (Scottish Government) on whether fish farming is acceptable, or not

This report (pdf file) outlines the severe stress that farming of carnivorous species — salmon, cod — places on both wild populations and the wider marine ecosystem, and examines the serious threat posed by genetic modification of farmed fish, and the serious inadequacies in the current regulatory regime for the assessment of the environmental impact […]

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Why The Boom Times Ended

A fascinating history of the rise and fall of the fishing industry as told in Ian Robb’s book ‘Memories of the East Anglian Fishing Industry’.

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Tracking the Dredgers

Ever wondered where all of those ships, dredgers, tankers, good and bad, are in the sea? Now you can find out.

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New Marine SACs and SPAs announced by Natural England and JNCC

Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has announced a new suite of offshore marine SACs and two new marine SPAs to be adopted, following public consultation, in 2010. These new marine SACs will join the existing marine SACs and form part of the UK’s commitment to contribute to OSPAR’s network of Marine Protected Areas in the NE Atlantic.

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MARINET takes Dredging threat to Parliament

MARINET has enlisted the aid of Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk in drawing the attention of DEFRA and the government in general to the now rapidly advancing and escalating threats facing East Anglia due to the many combined aggravating government policies on dredging and its licensing, and the lack of any that could help prevent the degradation.

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Fisheries monitoring via the use of Fisheries Log Books and Geographical Information Systems

Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) reform can nowadays be greatly assisted by electronic, computer-based aides that record in detail a boat’s location and its fishing activity. This means that compliance with quotas can be accurately recorded and logged and this information can, in turn, be used to manage fish stocks and their related quotas with a […]

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OSPAR Conference report on proceedings Sept 2010

We provide here a summary of the key features of the Ministerial Statement made by the member countries of 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. (the Oslo-Paris Convention for the Protection of the North East Atlantic) at […]

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OSPAR Conference report for members Sept 2010

We provide here MARINET’s analysis of 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. ’s Quality Status Report 2010 (QSR 2010). QSR 2010 is OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of […]

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Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde

We provide here (pdf file) the article published July 2010 by Dr. Ruth Thurstan and Prof. Callum Roberts, York University, titled Ecological Meltdown in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland: Two Centuries of Change in a Coastal Marine Ecosystem. This article records how overfishing in the Firth of Clyde has brought its marine ecosystem close to […]

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