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Campaign to Save Cardigan Bay from scallop dredging awaits Welsh Government response

Mick Green, organiser of the “Welsh Government : Save Cardigan Bay!” petition and campaign has provided an update, 24th August 2016: “Thank you for your patience. We have heard nothing from Welsh government but are expecting a decision in the autumn. We asked the new Minister, Lesley Griffiths, for a meeting to represent the 30,000 of you […]

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Arctic sea ice declining by 13% per decade

The Guardian reports, 18th August 2016: Ice scientists are mostly cheerful and pragmatic. Like many other researchers coolly observing the rapid warming of the world, they share a gallows humour and are cautious about entering the political fray. Not Peter Wadhams. The former director of the Scott Polar Research Institute and professor of ocean physics […]

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Phase 2 of world’s largest offshore windfarm gets planning approval

The Guardian reports, 16th August 2016: Plans for the world’s biggest offshore windfarm off the Yorkshire coast are to be expanded to an area five times the size of Hull after being approved by ministers. The multibillion-pound Hornsea Project Two would see 300 turbines — each taller than the Gherkin — span more than 480 […]

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Renewable energy storage on brink of a revolution

Popular Science reports, May 2015: The next step for renewable energy is to figure out how to store all the power we create. Harvard researchers have used a molecule nearly identical to one in rhubarb to make a battery that can store more energy­ — for less money — than solid-state and traditional flow batteries. […]

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China expanding its long-distance fishing fleet, says Greenpeace

The Guardian reports on a Greenpeace Report, 9th August 2016: China’s vast, long-distance fishing industry has expanded to more than 10 times the size of America’s and its growth is depleting fisheries and creating conflicts, according to a Greenpeace report. From 2012 to 2014, the number of Chinese vessels involved in “distant water fishing” [DFW] […]

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NEF Blog: Untangling UK and EU fisheries: Is it possible? Is it desirable?

Griffin Carpenter writes in his New Economics Foundation (NEF) Blog, 26th July 2016: The EU’s track record turning around fisheries management, benefiting UK communities, fishers and the marine environment, did not get the airtime it deserved throughout the referendum debate. The key question now is whether we can continue to build on these achievements post-Brexit […]

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Crisis for the Sea Bass fishery gets worse

B.A.S.S. (Bass Anglers Sportfishing Society) reports 6th August 2016: Sea Bass is facing an environmental disaster. The spawning population is now dangerously low due to commercial fishing. EU scientists said in April 2015: “The spawning stock biomassThe amount of living matter. This is therefore a different measure to numbers of organisms. So, for example, there […]

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Regulating Order for sustainable fishing in Firth of Clyde rejected by Scottish Government

The Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust (SIFT) reports, 28th July 2016: SIFT is disappointed by the Scottish Government’s decision not to approve its Clyde Regulating Order application. We regard this decision as a missed opportunity for Scotland’s vulnerable coastal communities, who have suffered from decades of economic decline under short-term fisheries policies. Note: The Sustainable Inshore […]

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Two reports on Fukushima’s radiation and its environmental impact

We provide here two reports of the long-term environmental impact of the radiation from Fukushima’s tsunami-ravaged nuclear reactors. The first comes from the USA’s broadcaster PBS, dated 9th March 2016. The second comes from Greenpeace, dated 22nd July 2016.   Report by Ken Buesseler, PBS, 9th March 2016 With the help of my colleagues in […]

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How serious is coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef?

The Australian reports, 4th June 2016: Activist scientists and lobby groups have distorted surveys, maps and data to misrepresent the extent and impact of coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, ­according to the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Russell Reichelt. A full survey of the reef ­released yesterday [3rd June […]

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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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Will EU marine legislation continue to apply once Brexit becomes operational?

The consultancy ABPmer has produced an assessment of which of the existing EU laws will continue to apply to the UK following Brexit, and which will not. If the UK remains wholly within the EU’s Single Market, then most of the existing EU laws will continue to apply. However the consultancy has also considered the […]

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Sea otter is a “keystone species” says new ecological study

The Observer reports, 10th July 2016: Charles Darwin once mused on the impacts that predators could have on the landscapes around them. In particular, he wondered – in On the Origin of Species — how neighbourhood cats might affect the abundance of flowers in the fields near his house at Downe in Kent. He concluded […]

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The Demise of Fairbourne

The five hundred residents of Fairbourne, a picturesque village in Cardigan Bay, West Wales, have formed yet another coastal community reacting against the dictates of the Shoreline (mis) Management Plan (SMPShoreline Management Plan) which calls for that the entire Welsh village be ‘decommissioned’ and its population forced to move because it’s sea defences have been […]

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90% of global fish stocks now over-fished or fully fished, says UN

The Guardian reports, 7th July 2016: Global fish production is approaching its sustainable limit, with around 90% of the world’s stocks now fully or over-fished and a 17% increase in production forecast by 2025, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). Over-exploitation of the planet’s fish has more than tripled since the 1970s, […]

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Denmark is an obstacle to the protection of 69 threatened Baltic species, says Oceana

Oceana reports, 14th March 2016: Three years of work by 88 leading experts were effectively scrapped during the 37th Annual Meeting of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), held March 2016, when countries approved a heavily weakened version of a plan to protect and rebuild the most threatened Baltic Sea and Kattegat species. Oceana denounces Denmark as […]

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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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Malaysia establishes marine park of 2.5 million acres

The Guardian reports, 30th May 2016: Malaysia has just established the biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo, a region containing the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia as well as […]

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Microplastics may be harming reproduction in fish, says study

Sciencedaily.com reports, 2nd June 2016: In a new study, published in Science, researchers from Uppsala University found that larval fish exposed to microplastic particles during development displayed changed behaviours and stunted growth which lead to greatly increased mortality rates. The researchers discovered that larval perch that had access to microplastic particles only ate plastic and […]

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George Eustice, UK Fisheries Minister, supports “Brexit” in EU Referendum

George Eustice MP, UK Fisheries Minister, states on his website, 13th April 2016: From the point of view of the fishing industry, the case for leaving the EU is overwhelming. There are already well established conventions in international law that govern the approach to fisheries management between independent nation states which we see working elsewhere. […]

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