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Ocean Acidification due to elevated atmospheric CO2 levels : an explanation

We provide here an article, based on a Smithsonian Institute background paper, which explains the process leading to the current reduction in the alkalinity of the ocean (acidification) and the related hypotheses and thinking about the consequences. This reduction in the ocean’s alkalinity is directly attributable to elevated levels of CO2 in the atmosphere, 50% […]

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We’re Listening – A new perspective emerging in marine dredging

We present here an article by David Levy, titled We’re Listening – A new perspective emerging in marine dredging which reports on the publication by the Central Dredging Association, June 2019, of a new industry manual “Dredging for Sustainable Infrastructure”.  

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When is a Marine Protected Area real or an illusion?

We provide here a study by Marinet, June 2019, of the recent announcement that the UK Government has completed the listed of designated Marine Conservation Areas (MCZs) in English waters, along with a study by Marinet of the proposed United Nations Treaty on the High Seas and an associated report from British Universities and Greenpeace […]

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Is the new proposed High Seas Treaty up to the job? Marinet commentary

We provide here a copy of the Marinet Commentary, April 2019, titled Is the new proposed High Seas Treaty up to the job?   This commentary comments on the publication 30X30 A Blueprint for Ocean Protection published by Greenpeace (Germany) and Edinburgh, York and Oxford Universities (UK). The Greenpeace and associated universities publication proposes the […]

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Is the new proposed High Seas Treaty up to the job? Marinet commentary

We provide here a copy of the Marinet Commentary, April 2019, titled Is the new proposed High Seas Treaty up to the job?   This commentary comments on the publication 30X30 A Blueprint for Ocean Protection published by Greenpeace (Germany) and Edinburgh, York and Oxford Universities (UK). The Greenpeace and associated universities publication proposes the […]

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Mining the Deep Ocean : Does catastrophe lie ahead?

We provide here the full text of a Marinet Briefing Paper bearing this title, published March 2019, which examines the active proposals to start exploring the deep ocean seabed for minerals under licences issued by the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority. These exploration licences, to be issued for a range of deep ocean sites from […]

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We provide here a Marinet Briefing Paper on mass extinction events, with a particular focus on processes and the ocean, in order to provide an expanded documentary record of evidence in connection with our film WTF? – Where’s The Fish?

In the Marinet film WTF? – Where’s the Fish?, produced by Sarah Mallabar and narrated by Chris Packham, Marinet makes the forecast that the ocean could be facing a new mass extinction by 2050 where 94% of marine species have become extinct unless there is a fundamental change in mankind’s actions which impact on the […]

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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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