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Judicial Review decision : aggregate dredging may proceed at Goodwin Sands MCZ

The campaign group, Goodwin Sands SOS (Save Our Sands), has reported 11th September 2019 that their judicial appeal to the High Court has failed to secure a judgement against the granting of the licence to the Dover Harbour Board (DHB) by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO – the statutory licensing authority) to allow the dredging […]

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

To borrow the catchphrase of Dr Frasier Crane “I’m listening” I wanted to share the experience Stephen Eades and I had on 20th June in London that brought this to mind. For years Marinet attended the East Channel Dredging Association (ECA) meetings where we constantly raised the issue about discharged dredging waters from the dredging […]

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Deep ocean mining will destroy vital new medicines, say scientists

The Guardian reports, 20th May 2019: When Prof Mat Upton discovered a microbe from a deep-sea sponge was killing pathogenic bugs in his laboratory, he realised it could be a breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistant superbugs, which are responsible for thousands of deaths a year in the UK alone. Further tests last year confirmed that an […]

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Goodwin Sands campaign group secure right to a Judicial Review

Goodwin Sands SOS report, 9th March 2019: We won a significant battle at the High Court yesterday, when claimant Joanna Thomson was awarded a Judicial Review of the Marine Management Organisation’s decision to allow Dover Harbour Board to dredge 3 million tonnes of aggregate from the South Goodwins sandbank. The Judge, The Honourable Mrs Justice […]

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Mining the Deep Ocean : Does catastrophe lie ahead?

Following recent publicity in the February 2019 edition of the newsletter “The Navigator” published by oceanunite.org that the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority is preparing regulations for the issuing of exploration licences (as opposed to exploitation licences) on the deep ocean seabed for the extraction of minerals, Marinet has written a Briefing Paper on this […]

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Campaign Group, Goodwin Sands SOS, launches legal challenge and funding appeal

The campaign group, Goodwin Sands SOS (Save our Sands), has announced October 2018 that it is launching a legal challenge via judicial review of the decision by the UK government’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to grant a licence to dredge the Goodwin Sands which lie in the English Channel, offshore from Deal, Kent. The MMO […]

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Marinet summarises Archaeological Record for Goodwin Sands ahead of magnetometer report

Marinet has written to Historic England, the Marine Management Organisation and the Dover Harbour Board’s consultants, 8th July 2017, ahead of publication of the results of the magnetometer survey of the proposed dredge site (Area 521) in South Goodwin Sands. This magnetometer survey (which detects ferrous objects to approximately 2 metres depth of sand) has […]

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New archaeological surveys being conducted on Goodwin Sands, Kent

A south-western strip of the southern half of the Goodwin Sands, offshore from Dover and Deal, is the subject of an application to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) by the Dover Harbour Board to dredge 3.75 million tonnes of sand to use as infill material in a reconstruction project for the Port of Dover. The […]

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Whitsand Bay campaigners win decision against Rame Head sea dumping site

The Plymouth Herald reports, 6th March 2017: Campaigners have won an unprecedented victory to stop dredgers dumping silt next to a marine beauty spot. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that dumping will no longer be allowed off Rame Head, in Whitsand Bay. Instead, the agency has designated a new disposal site in deeper […]

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Goodwin Sands : Marinet takes legal action to protect “war graves”

BBC News reports, 10th March 2017 : Campaigners opposing plans to dredge a sandbank off the Kent coast have begun legal action to protect what they describe as “war graves”. Marinet wants to stop Dover Harbour Board (DHB) dredging up to four million tonnes of sand from Goodwin Sands for use in construction at the […]

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Goodwin Sands, Kent, are a “collective war grave” for crashed WWII pilots, say campaigners

Campaigners, from Goodwin Sands SOS, Deal, are seeking to persuade Historic England to designate the Goodwin Sands, which lie in the English Channel 6 miles offshore from the Kent coast, as a “Protected Place”. The Goodwins are the final resting place of those pilots of all nationalities who lost their lives when their planes crashed […]

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MMO allows aggregate dredging in Kingmere MCZ, and Marinet questions the decision

In a letter dated 14th November 2016, the MMO has written to inform Marinet of its decision to approve the dredging for aggregate — sand and gravel — from the seabed in the Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone (MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone), off the West Sussex coast. The Kingmere MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone hosts […]

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BBC Earth reports on dredging risk to Goodwin Sands rMCZ

BBC Earth reports, 21st November 2016: A serene sandbank off the Kentish coast is the hidden home of more than 1,000 sunken ships . . . . and a war grave. Six miles off the coast of Deal in East Kent, England, seal pups frolic on the ever-changing, intricately-patterned sands that are exposed at low […]

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Will the MMO declare the Goodwin Sands rMCZ a WWII War Grave?

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is conducting a second stage in its public consultation over the Dover Harbour Board’s application to dredge 2.5 million cubic metres of sand from the southern section of the Goodwin Sands for use as infill material in the reconstruction of the western dock at the Port of Dover. This application […]

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Concern grows over aggregate dredging violating Goodwin Sands war graves

The online History site, PipeLine, reports 17th September 2016: As Battle of Britain Day on 15th September passes, marking another year further away from the iconic 1940 air battle, thePipeLine highlights concerns that the Port of Dover’s proposals for a major dredging project on the Goodwin Sands, could place the final resting place of missing […]

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Goodwin Sands rMCZ campaign against aggregate dredging receives huge public support

On 20th July 2016 when the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO) public consultation closed in respect of the Dover Harbour Board’s application to dredge 2.5 million m3 from the South Goodwin Sands the petition being run by Save Our Sands had reached over 9,000 signatures. The petition is still open. The Dover Harbour Board (DHB) application […]

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Campaign to halt marine aggregate dredging in Danish seas

Oceana reports, 22nd June 2016: Sand dredging in the Sound [between Denmark and Sweden] causes serious damage to the ocean floor and marine life, in areas that are key for commercial species such as cod and plaice. These are among the main findings of reports presented yesterday at the Danish Nature Agency on the environmental […]

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Campaign group “Goodwin Sands SOS” launches petition to stop its dredging by Port of Dover

The Port of Dover is expected to lodge an application imminently with the Marine Management Organisation in order to seek permission to dredge the Goodwin Sands, scheduled for future designation as a Marine Conservation Zone, in order to obtain sand for the Port’s development. The campaign group Goodwin Sands SOS is challenging the Port’s right […]

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Aggregate Companies seek licence from MMO to dredge Kingmere MCZ

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has just completed a public consultation with statutory consultees, environmental organisations and the public over an application by Cemex UK and Tarmac Marine for a licence to dredge two seabed sites, Area 453 and 488, for sand and gravel. Both of these sites, amounting to 4.68km2, are located in the […]

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

In September 2015 Marinet published its Report Marine Aggregate Extraction — The Need to Dredge : Fact or Fiction? This Report is based on work undertaken by a Marinet Member, Kayasand, which features the substitute sand manufacturing process developed by Kemco, Japan, and validated for use in this country via a study by Cardiff University […]

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