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Oceana reports on over-fishing in UK and Irish Seas, and the lost opportunity

Oceana Press Release, 29th May 2017: An overhaul of current fisheries management could result in 87% more fish being caught in the Atlantic waters around the UK, Ireland and the north-west of France if governments stop overfishing, marine conservation organisation Oceana has announced. According to a scientific study on the status and potential of fish […]

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Ocean Cleanup Project says engineering advances for plastic recovery will be tested in 2017

The Ocean Cleanup Project, Netherlands, stated in press releases dated 3rd and 11th May 2017:  The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, has announced it will start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months. The Ocean Cleanup has further announced that […]

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Plastic waste in the oceans will equal the amount of fish, by weight, by 2050

The Daily Telegraph reports, 18th May 2017: Plastic in the world’s oceans is a ‘growing ecological and human disaster’ which needs an urgent solution, the Prince of Wales said last night, as he launched a prize to find ways to tackle the crisis. The Prince of Wales’ said plastic had ‘altered the course of human […]

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Worldwide petition to tackle plastic pollution of the oceans

The petition organisation, Avaaz, has announced May 2017 that it is running a worldwide petition to the United Nations to try to secure universal action to substantially reduce plastic pollution of the oceans. 100 MILLION plastic bottles are thrown away every day, choking our oceans in plastic waste. Governments meet in days to outline clean […]

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World’s largest wind turbine installed in Liverpool Bay and goes online

The Guardian reports, 17th May 2017: The planet’s biggest and most powerful wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast, cementing Britain’s reputation as a world leader in the technology. Danish company Dong Energy has just finished installing 32 turbines in Liverpool Bay that are taller than the Gherkin skyscraper, with blades longer […]

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EU Member nations likely to want access to UK fishing grounds after Brexit

The Guardian reports, 18th April 2017: The British government’s plan to “take back control” of its waters after leaving the EU is about to be challenged by a claim from Denmark that its fishermen have a historical right to access to the seas around Britain dating back to the 1400s. Officials in Copenhagen have mined […]

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NEF reports that still only half the fish the EU eats comes from EU stocks

The New Economics Foundation reports, March 2017: Despite recent gains in terms of fish stock recovery, a number of European Union (EU) fish stocks remain over-fished, which means they produce less than if they were harvested at their maximum sustainable yield (MSY). Simultaneously, fish consumption throughout Europe remains high (22.5kg per capita, per year). The […]

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Parliament concerned by UK Government’s handling of MCZs and MPAs

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee published its report Marine Protected Areas Revisited on 25th April 2017, advising that: The Marine Protected Areas Revisited report has found Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are not being effectively managed, and the Government needs to do more to protect vulnerable marine habitats, features and species once a site […]

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NEF reports EU still fishing at levels beyond scientific advice

The New Economics Foundation reports, April 2017 : Fisheries ministers risk damaging our natural resources beyond repair by consistently setting fishing limits above scientific advice. This is our third year running of a series of briefings to identify which member states are standing in the way of more fish, more profits, and more jobs for […]

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Can “deposits” on plastic bottles clean the oceans of plastic pollution?

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have launched a campaign and petition to require deposits to be charged on plastic bottles and metal cans, thus providing a financial system and incentive to convert them into returnable items. Known as the “Deposit Return Scheme”, SAS explain the campaign: “A small deposit of between 10–20p is added to the […]

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Large number of salmon escape from Scottish fish farm

The Daily Record (Scotland) reports 10th April 2017: Thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped from a farm in one of the biggest breaches the industry has seen. Around 20,000 fish got out of the farm run by Scottish Sea Farms at Bloody Bay on the Isle of Mull. And 1,300 wrasse — used at the site […]

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The Guardian reports on the condition of salmon farming in Scotland

John Vidal,The Guardian, reports, 1st April 2017: Every day, salmon farmers across the world walk into steel cages — in the seas off Scotland or Norway or Iceland — and throw in food. Lots of food; they must feed tens of thousands of fish before the day is over. They must also check if there […]

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N. Teesside could be the hub of North Sea oil platform decommissioning

Ian Jack, The Guardian, reports 8th April 2017: To witness the beginning or end of a great industry or a way of living isn’t unusual. Each generation has its list of comings and goings — great grandfathers who remember the advent of the motor car, grandmothers who recall the last factory hooter in Accrington, fathers […]

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UK government may exclude non-UK fishing vessels from 6-12 nm area

The Daily Telegraph reports, 28th March 2017: The UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, is expected to announce within weeks that the UK will reclaim its waters for British fishermen by pulling out of a deal that pre-dates the EU. The Prime Minister will take Britain out of the 1964 London Convention which allows European fishing vessels […]

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EU declares it will solve Mediterranean fishing crisis

The EU Commission announced, 30th March 2017: Following months of negotiations, the European Commission has secured a 10-year pledge to save the Mediterranean fish stocks and protect the region’s ecological and economic wealth. The Malta MedFish4Ever Declaration, a practical example of EU’s successful neighbourhood policy, sets out a detailed work programme for the next 10 […]

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Mediterranean fish stocks: over 90% now over-fished, says Oceana

Oceana reports, 9th February 2016: A recent assessment by the EU on its Mediterranean fish stocks has revealed alarming data: 96% of stocks managed exclusively by EU countries are fished over the limits of what is considered by science as sustainable. Some non-migratory species, for example Mediterranean hake, have been overfished up to 14 times […]

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Oceana report records the extent of over-fishing of European stocks

Oceana reports, November 2016: In order to obtain a complete overview of fisheries in Europe, Oceana has commissioned the most comprehensive scientific report to date on the state of fish stocks in Europe and their potential productivity if managed in a sustainable way. The findings of this independent study confirm that only a minority of […]

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EU provides £6 million to study challenges to fishing in the Irish Sea

ITV News reports, 6th March 2017: More than £6m in EU funding is being given to researchers investigating the risks posed by climate change to the sustainability of fish stocks in the Irish Sea. Two projects are to be carried out in a bid to help protect and develop marine life and fishing industries in […]

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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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Marinet develops a community-based coastal sea defence campaign for Norfolk and Suffolk

We provide here a Campaign Statement for lobbying to be conducted by local coastal communities and residents in the areas of Norfolk and Suffolk where sea defences are provided by sand dunes. These sand dunes are being seriously eroded, and this erosion is threatening coastal communities with loss of their homes and widespread flooding. The […]

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