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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).

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 […]

Recovery in species and habitat as a result of the existence of the no-take marine reserve in Lamlash Bay, Arran

We provide here a summary entitled Lamlash Bay NoTakeZone research results Sept 2013, published by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST), which records the significant level of recovery in species and habitat as a result of the existence of the no-take marine reserve in Lamlash Bay, Arran. The reserve has now been established for […]

Marinet submission to the Defra public consultation on the delivery of MCZs in English seas, March 2013

We provide below the full text of this submission or download as a PDF.

Evidence for MCZ designations, February 2013

The UK government is claiming that of the 127 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) currently submitted to the Minister by his statutory advisors for designation only 31 are presently fit for purpose – and that further scientific evidence is still required for the official designation of the remaining 96 recommended MCZ sites.

Establishment of Fish Stock Recovery Areas

A report recommending that “fish stock recovery areas” covering between 10-20% of territorial seas of EU Member States be established.

An Illustrated Guide to UK Marine Animals

An in-depth illustrated guide to the various types of marine animals to be found in British seas.

The Ocean Planet

We provide here a copy of our publication The Ocean Planet — 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.

The Science of Marine Reserves

Providing the latest scientific information about no-take marine reserves, reporting peer-reviewed research from throughout Europe and globally.

European Scientists’ Consensus Statement on Marine Reserves

European Scientists’ Consensus Statement on Marine Reserves, launched and led by Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation at York University, has been drafted in an effort to bring together the European community of marine scientists in affirming the need for marine reserves and express our profound concern over the lack of progress in implementing marine […]

Response to Outer Thames (OT) Potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) Consultation

A well worded response to the Outer Thames pSPA consultation by Fisherman Chris Wightman acting on behalf of the Anglian Fishermen’s Association.

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.

Highly Protected Marine Reserves and the Marine Act

A report on the MARINET campaign to try to secure the inclusion of Highly Protected Marine Reserves (HPMRs) within the text of the UK Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. HPMRs are regarded by marine experts and scientists worldwide as one of the most important features of the ecosystem-based approach to marine management. However the reality is that whilst the UK Government says that it believes in HPMRs, it has failed to incorporate them into the 2009 Act. Thus HPMRs currently have no legal force or standing within UK law. So the MARINET campaign to establish a legal basis for HPMRs continues.

Coastal access plan ‘a waste of cash’

A country lobby group has said the government could save the public purse tens of millions of pounds by scrapping “unnecessary and unwarranted” proposals for a statutory right of access to the English coast.

Scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay to be banned

It is reported that scallop fishing in Cardigan Bay is to be banned. Most of Cardigan Bay is a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under EU law but, until now, this conservation designation has not prevented scallop dredging which, many argue, inflicts damage upon the marine ecosystem out of all proportion to the value of the scallop fishery.

Troubled Waters

The Big Issue in the North has published in its 27th July 2009 edition (No. 783) an article about the serious condition of UK Seas and the need for the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill to address these issues.

MARINET amendments to the UK Marine Bill at Report Stage in the House of Lords, April 2009

We provide here the full list of amendments proposed by MARINET to the Government and Opposition Parties in respect of the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill at the Report Stage in the House of Lords, May 2009. This includes both the suggested amended text, and the reasoning for these proposed amendments.

MARINET Briefing to the UK Government and Parliament, dated February 2009, on the Legal Powers possessed by to UK Parliament to create Highly Protected Marine Reserves in UK seas out to 200 nautical miles

A short Marinet Briefing Paper which explains the sovereign powers which the UK Parliament retains which enable it to create Highly Protected Marine Reserves (also known as highly protected Marine Conservation Zones or MCZs) in UK seas out to 200 nautical miles in order to protect and rebuild UK commercial fish stocks.

MARINET Briefing to the UK Government and Parliament, dated February 2009, on the need for Highly Protected Marine Reserves to cover 30% of UK seas

A short Marinet Briefing Paper on why Highly Protected Marine Reserves (also known as highly protected Marine Conservation Zones or MCZs) should be entered into the text of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, and why a network of such marine reserves should cover at least 30% of UK seas out 200 nautical miles.

Legal Powers possessed by UK Parliament to create Highly Protected Marine Reserves in UK seas out to 200 nautical miles

A short Marinet Briefing Paper explaining the powers of the UK Parliament to create Highly Protected Marine Reserves.

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