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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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Marine Aggregate Extraction – The Need to Dredge : Fact or Fiction?

MARINE AGGREGATE EXTRACTION THE NEED TO DREDGE : FACT OR FICTION? September 2015 View article as a pdf document 1 BACKGROUND Sand is a critical component in the manufacture of concrete which is, of course, a vital building material in the construction industry. The United Kingdom is almost the only developed economy which is still […]

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Radioactivity from Bradwell nuclear power station challenges the Blackwater MCZ

We provide here the text of the submission made by Marinet, 18th September 2015, to the Environment Agency concerning a permit application by Magnox Limited to be granted an extended licence to discharge waste radioactivity into the Blackwater estuary (Blackwater, Colne, Roach and Crouch Estuaries Marine Conservation Zone) which arises from the dissolution treatment process […]

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Ocean Acidification and its impact on Marine Plankton : is there a planetary emergency?

Marinet Special Is ocean acidification — the reduction in the natural alkalinity of the oceans due to the elevated absorption by the oceans of CO2 released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels — having an adverse impact on marine planktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet […]

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“Ocean Drifters” : The Importance of Plankton – video

We provide here the video titled “Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves”, a short film about planktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet most important organisms form that drift in our oceans. They can exist in larger forms of more than 20cm as the larval forms of […]

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Ocean Acidification – Revolution World Issue

We provide here the link to the University of California YouTube video, Ocean Acidification — Revolution World Issue, published 3rd March 2014 which explains why ocean acidification, caused by CO2 released into the atmosphere from fossil fuel burning which in turn is absorbed from the atmosphere into the oceans, is causing a life survival crisis […]

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GM research produces plant containing omega-3 fish oils

We publish here an article from the journal Metabolic Engineering Communications, titled “Field trial evaluation of the accumulation of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic Camelina sativa: Making fish oil substitutes in plants”, published in April 2015.

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IUCN Report on European Red List of Marine Species, June 2015

We reproduce here the IUCN Report on the status of all marine species in European seas and, in particular, those threatened with extinction. The report also considers the management policies necessary to both restore and maintain the health of all marine species in European seas. European Red List of Marine Fishes (4MB pdf file)

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Marine Conservation Society launches new Beach Guide

The Marine Conservation Society reports, May 2015: “A new era in beach information — as beaches get set to meet a stricter bathing guidelines the MCS popular website goes beyond the beach. We’ve published our Good Beach Guide to campaign for better water quality since 1988. We can now reveal that it has achieved many […]

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Different methods of commercial fishing examined and explained

We provide here 3 articles written by the Safina Center, USA, about different methods of commercial fishing. Trawls — Bulldozers of the Ocean Gillnets — The Entanglers Dredges — The Bottom Scrapers   Additional information on fishing gears is also available in The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, 25th Report “Turning the Tide”, (Addressing The […]

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Management of European Sea Bass: UK Parliament 2014 debate

Management of European Sea Bass: UK Parliament 2014 debate. We provide here the link www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmhansrd/cm141203/halltext/141203h0001.htm and also the text of the debate that took place in the UK Parliament on 3rd December 2014 regarding the management of the European Sea Bass stocks.

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Deep Sea Conservation Coalition deep-sea fishing campaign

We provide here the full version of the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition leaflet, October 2014, which records the current practices, the current law, and the current changes in law and practices being sought by the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition with respect to deep sea fishing in UK and EU seas.

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Scientific Studies from around the world on the erosion resulting from offshore sand and gravel dredging

Based mainly upon computerised assumptive ‘research’ made by those selected, appointed and paid for by the dredgers themselves, the British Government continues to claim that they are unaware of any evidence linking offshore sand and aggregate dredging with the rapidly increasing loss of our shoreline. But well founded evidence of the impact exists from researched […]

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Marinet writes to Defra about MMO and Dutch trawler’s illegal fishing

We provide here the text of a letter, dated 13th March 2015, sent by Marinet to the UK Minister for Fisheries concerning illegal fish by a Dutch trawler and the resulting prosecution.  

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Marinet raises co-location principle for MCZs with UK Marine Minister

We provide here the text of a letter, dated 13th March 2015, from Marinet to the UK’s Minister for Marine Affairs about the failure to deliver the co-location principle in connection with MCZs and the delivery of an ecologically coherent network of reserves.  

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Managing Fisheries in the Public Interest, a Report by the New Economics Foundation, March 2015

Click on the image below to download the NEF report.  

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Marinet’s MCZ submission to Defra – Feb 2015

We provide here the Marinet submission to Defra in response to its public consultation on the Government’s delivery on its next (second) block of Marine Conservation Zones in English seas, dated February 2015.

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