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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”.  

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 […]

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  

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.  

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 […]

Details of Marinet’s legal arguments to prevent the dredging of Goodwin Sands for aggregate

We provide here the text of the legal arguments presented by Marinet on 22nd February 2017 to, firstly, the Ministry of Defence; secondly, to the Marine Management Organisation; and thirdly, to the Dover Harbour Board.   Area 521 Bindmans to MOD final 22 Feb 17 Area 521 Bindmans to MMO final 22 Feb 17 Area […]

MMO approves aggregate dredging in the Kingmere MCZ, West Sussex (Area 453 and 488)

The MMO has advised Marinet in a letter dated 14th November 2016 of its decision to allow aggregate dredging in the Kingmere MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone, West Sussex (Area 453 and 488), and in this letter the MMO offers its assessment of Marinet’s concerns submitted to the MMO in January 2016 http://www.marinet.org.uk/campaign-article/aggregate-companies-seek-licence-from-mmo-to-dredge-kingmere-mczMarine Conservation ZoneMarine […]

Marinet makes second submission to the MMO over plan to dredge Goodwin Sands rMCZ

We provide here the full text of a second submission by Marinet, dated 7th November 2016, to the Marine Management Organisation about the Dover Harbour Board’s application to dredge the Goodwin Sands rMCZ for sand to be used as construction material in the redevelopment of the Port of Dover’s western docks.

Marinet submission to MMO over aggregate dredging application at Goodwin Sands

We provide here the Marinet submission, July 2016, to the Marine Management Organisation in respect of the application by the Dover Harbour Board to dredge 2.5 million m3 of sand from South Goodwin Sands in order to provide infill material for its Western Docks Revival Scheme. The Goodwin Sands is a recommended Marine Conservation Zone […]

Aggregate Companies seek licence from MMO to dredge Kingmere MCZ

We provide here the submission which Marinet has made, 8th January 2016, to Her Majesty’s Government’s Marine Management Organisation in respect of the licence application by Cemex UK and Tarmac Marine to be allowed to extract (dredge) sand and gravel from the seabed over the next 15 years from two sites, Area 453 and 488, […]

‘Marinet Special’ on Alternative Aggregate to Marine Sand : Interim Progress Report

We provide here an Interim Progress Report, December 2015, on the reception given by the industry, government, the statutory nature conservation agency, and the licence regulator to Marinet’s proposal to substitute ‘manufactured sand’ from waste quarry rocks for sand dredged from the seabed. Marine Aggregate Extraction — The Need to Dredge : Fact or Fiction? […]

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 […]

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 […]

Further evidence of dredging induced coastal erosion

Tyndal Working Paper 97 of December 2006 authored by Mike Walkden and P.K. Stansby, entitled ‘The effect of dredging off Great Yarmouth on the wave conditions and erosion of the North Norfolk Coast’ (including all references). It is a research paper by the Crown Estate, prepared in conjunction with ABPMer, British Geological Survey and HR […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

Even more Marine Aggregate Dredging!

Despite the numerous protests made by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Parish Councils, MP Brandon Lewis, MARINET and the many individuals who responded opposing the application MLA/2013/00417 that was placed on Friday 1st. November 2013, seeking a licence to permit Volker Dredging to remove a further 22,500,000 tonnes of aggregate over the next 15 years […]