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E. Dorset FOE argues for tranquillity and ecosystem emphasis in MMO’s S. Marine Plan

East Dorset Friends of the Earth, a Marinet Member, has responded to the Marine Management Organisation’s request for comment on the central themes of its draft South Marine Plan, February 2017: The Plan covers the coast from Dartmouth to Folkestone, 221 miles (356 Km), with over 3000 miles of tidal coastline, about 20,000 square Km […]

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Marinet makes submission to Welsh Government’s MPA public inquiry

Marinet has responded, February 2017, to the formal questionnaire issued by the Welsh Assembly aimed at enquiring about the effectiveness of management of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Wales. Marinet’s full response can be seen here. The objectives of the Welsh Assembly inquiry are: To assess the management of Welsh marine protected areas with a […]

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Scottish salmon farming said to be in a sea lice “crisis”

BBC News Scotland reports, 14th February 2017: Marine Harvest, the largest producer of Scottish salmon, says it is losing around 1,500 tonnes of fish per year, out of nearly 40,000 tonnes produced. As consumer demand for fish increases, the price has soared to record levels in recent months. That is expected to feed through to […]

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Coral die-back in the Pacific due to US war programme tests, says scientist

Terry Lilley reports, 13th February 2017: As a scientist we are trained to present facts. Good, bad or ugly. If you have been following my reporting (like 2 million other folks have been) over the last four years about the rapidly dying coral reefs along the north shore of Kauai then you may want to […]

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Extraordinary levels of pollution 10km deep in the Mariana trench, say scientists

The Guardian reports, 13th February 2017: Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet — the 10km deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean. Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times […]

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Proposal to refreeze the Arctic artificially

The Observer reports, 12th February 2017: Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problems that now beset the Arctic. He and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the region’s shrinking sea ice — by building 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In […]

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Proposals for a “mega” salmon farm in Scotland arouse concern

The Herald (Scotland) reports, 5th February 2017: Secret and lucrative plans for the world’s biggest salmon farm around Orkney or Shetland would “abjectly” fail pollution limits and make “fools” of Scotland’s environmental watchdog, according to internal documents seen by the Sunday Herald. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has been privately considering proposals for a […]

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Sustainable tuna fishing in the Pacific can lead to fish food security, says WWF

Dermot O’Gorman, CEO of WWF Australia, writes in The Guardian, 15th February 2016: There has never been a more urgent time for seafood businesses and fishing nations to make a commitment to sustainability. The world’s oceans are in trouble, with marine life plummeting and the people who are dependent on the sea for income and […]

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George Monbiot presents the case for marine reserves with no fishing

George Monbiot writes, The Guardian 4th February 2017: I believe we possess a ghost psyche: a set of capacities that helped secure our survival in more dangerous times, but that now are vestigial. I picture this as a seam of intense emotion, buried so deeply in our minds that we can seldom find it. I […]

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EU to regulate EU fishing operations outside of EU waters

Oceana reports, 2nd February 2017: The EU has one of the largest fishing fleets operating around the world, and its activities represent 28% of total EU catches. The European Parliament has voted on the European Commission’s proposal to sustainably manage the activities of the EU’s fishing fleet operating outside European Union waters. EU fishing vessels […]

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Fish production and processing has become “globalised”

Yahoo News.com reports, 16th January 2017: That smoked salmon you bought for the New Year’s festivities has a story to tell. The salmon may have been raised in Scotland — but it probably began life as roe in Norway. Harvested at a coastal farm, the fish may have been sent to Poland to be smoked. […]

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A Proposal for Sustainable Salmon Farming, replacing present practices

James Merryweather, scottishsalmonthinktank.net, has published an analysis of present salmon fish farming practices along with reform proposals to place salmon fish farming on a sustainable basis. We provide here material from his website.   FISH FARMS (a review of net-cage salmon farming in Scotland) When I first started to investigate salmon farming in Scotland (and Canada, […]

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Marine Protected Areas can be a reinvigorating force, says C.O.A.S.T.

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (C.O.A.S.T.) reports 1st February 2017: When underwater photographer Richard Shucksmith visited us a few months ago he was impressed with Arran’s sea life, but even more with local people’s knowledge and support of Arran’s No Take Zone (NTZ) and Marine Protected Area (MPA): “Getting ready for a dive on […]

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Tanker to tanker oil transfers proposals in Cromarty Firth spark controversy

The Herald (Scotland) reports, 23rd January 2017: Controversial plans to transfer up to nine million tonnes of crude oil between tankers at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth have been scrapped after the firm behind the scheme was ordered to withdraw its application. The Cromarty Firth Port Authority (CFPA) will have to prepare a new […]

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Scottish fishing discard rules “not enforced”, says WWF

BBC News reports, 27th January 2017: The ban on discards in the fishing industry is being undermined because it is not being effectively policed, WWF Scotland has warned. The number of Scottish boats carrying cameras — which monitor the fish being caught — has halved since the scheme was introduced. New species were added to […]

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Co-op supermarket to sell only sustainably sourced tuna

The Independent reports, 26th January 2017: The Co-op is cracking down on the supply and sale of unethically sourced tuna, holding some of its biggest brands to account. The high street retailer has said that it had imposed a deadline of the end of the year by which all of the tuna it sells, including […]

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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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Hemsby, Norfolk, near to invasion by the sea

Pat Gowen, Marinet Member, reports 24th January 2017: “Hemsby, Norfolk, and all the properties from Newport to Winterton-on-Sea, are now close to invasion by the sea due to coastal erosion. Below you can watch James Taylor’s excellent aerial film of the devastated last fronting dune and the threatened properties. This film has been made following […]

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True level of global fishing 50% greater than figures being reported, say scientists

The Blue Marine Foundation reports, 16th January 2017: The Zoological Society of London and the Turing Institute, along with the Blue Marine Foundation, co-hosted a lecture by Professor Daniel Pauly and Dr Dirk Zeller in London on 12th January 2017.  Professor Pauly and Dr Zeller from the University of British Columbia were presenting the findings […]

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RSPB expresses concern over proposed Swansea Bay tidal lagoon

The Daily Telegraph Business News reports, 10th January 2017: Tidal Lagoon Power wants to build a world-first lagoon in Swansea Bay and is currently awaiting the outcome of an independent Government-commissioned review of the technology’s potential, led by former energy minister Charles Hendry, to be unveiled on 12th January 2017. But in a submission to […]

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