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Defra proposes a “tranche three” of MCZs, as Marinet questions their value

CMS Marine and Coastal News reports, 21st November 2016: The Government’s scientific advisors have provided proposals on where a final set of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) are needed around England. Leading marine conservation charities, the Marine Conservation Society and The Wildlife Trusts are excited about the plans, which are a positive step forward towards restoring […]

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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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UK supermarket takes immediate action to ban microbead plastics

The Guardian reports, 24th November 2016: Tesco will have phased out microbeads from all its own brand cosmetics and household cleaning products within a month, it was announced on 24th November. While UK ministers recently said personal care products containing these tiny pieces of plastic will be banned from sale by the end of 2017, […]

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Mediterranean swordfish recovery plan too weak, says Oceana

An Oceana Press Release, 21st November 2016, states: The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) has finalised its one-week long negotiations between 51 countries. ICCAT has finally agreed on a recovery plan for the severely depleted Mediterranean swordfish, which has been overfished for over 30 years. The plan includes a modest reduction […]

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EU fish stocks could double if they are managed sustainably

Oceana Press Release, 14th November 2016: Fish catches in European waters could increase by 57% if fish stocks were exploited sustainably and based on scientific advice, according to a new research released by Oceana. The study was led by renowned fisheries expert Dr. Rainer Froese at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel […]

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UK’s first electricity from waves to be supplied from site off Cornwall

The Daily Mail Online, 7th November 2016, reports: Britain’s first wave farm to be built in Cornwall: Site will provide electricity for 6,000 homes each year by 2020. The system will provide 1MW to the grid by 2018, and 15MW by 2020 Technology is different to other wave power as it’s completely underwater The government […]

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Seabirds eat plastic because it smells like food, say scientists

The Guardian reports, 9th November 2016: Algae on drifting plastic waste gives off a sulphur compound which smells similar to the krill many marine birds feed on, researchers have discovered. The findings could explain why certain birds — including albatrosses and shearwaters — which rely on their sense of smell for hunting, are particularly vulnerable […]

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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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Scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay SAC to recommence, amidst continued opposition

The Welsh Assembly Government has announced, 31st October 2016: The Cabinet Secretary for the Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, has announced new management measures for the Scallop fishery in Cardigan Bay following an extensive consultation. The consultation followed a two-year programme of wide-ranging research by Bangor University, in collaboration with the fishing industry, within the […]

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Fair Isle’s seas gain MPA status

Shetland News reports, 26th October 2016: The community of Fair Isle is rejoicing after a campaign lasting around quarter of a century has finally resulted in the waters around the island being designated as a marine protection area (MPA). Scottish environment secretary Roseanna Cunningham made the announcement at the Marine Conservation Society’s annual conference in […]

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Sea levels have risen more than earlier thought, says NASA report

Alphr.com reports, 2nd November 2016: Previous estimates were that global sea levels rose by around 5.5in [14cm] over the 20th century, but researchers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the University of Hawaii at Manoa now believe that is “highly unlikely,” and the true figure is closer to 6.7in [17cm]. By applying established sea-level estimates […]

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Shipping industry to cap sulphur in its fuel by 2020

The Guardian reports, 28th October 2016: The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) agreed on Thursday to set a cap on the sulphur content of marine fuels, in a move that campaigners predict will save millions of lives in the coming decades. At a meeting of the IMO’s environment protection committee shipping officials agreed to cap the […]

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EU Commission proposes closure of Atlantic sea bass fishery and other measures for 2017

The Guardian reports, 27th October 2016: The European Commission has proposed closures on commercial fishing for sea bass in the Atlantic, and whiting in the waters west of Scotland from next year, in order to prevent a collapse in fish stocks. Also the total allowable catch (TAC) for cod in the Celtic Sea will also […]

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Agreement on Antarctic marine park signed

The Guardian reports, 28th October 2016: More than 1.5m sq km of the Ross Sea around Antarctica will be protected under the deal brokered between 24 countries and the European Union. It means 1.1m sq km of it — an area about the size of France and Spain combined — will be set aside as […]

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Marinet publishes proposals for the UK fishing industry following Brexit

Marinet has assessed, October 2016, where the UK fishing industry currently stands in terms of the size of UK stocks which are severely depleted from a historical perspective, and in the context of the unsustainable nature of fishing practices brought about by the dominance of large fishing vessels abetted by the introduction of the quota […]

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Marinet submission to Environmental Audit Committee: Are MCZs being effectively delivered?

Marinet has submitted evidence, October 2016, to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s Inquiry into the delivery of MPAs (Marine Protected Areas). Marinet’s evidence may be seen in full here. A summary of the evidence submitted is as follows: The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCCA) was poorly drafted by Government and is […]

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Convention on Ballast Water Management secures legal force

The UK Wildlife and Countryside Link reports, October 2016: This month Finland ratified the International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Ballast Water Management Convention. Being the 52nd contracting party, Finland tipped the target of 35% world shipping tonnage and triggered entry into force by September 2017. We’ve been waiting a long time for this, as the convention […]

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What is “Fair Fishing”?

Greenpeace have produced a definition and poster which addresses this subject. “Fair fishing means taking what you need and nothing more. It means viewing the seas as a common good and not as source of enrichment for the few. Hundreds of thousands of low-impact fishers are doing just that, using fishing gear with a minimal […]

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EU fishermen take more fish out of UK seas than UK fishermen

A study undertaken by Dr. Ian Napier for the NAFC Marine Centre, University of the Highlands and Islands, Shetland, reports 11th October 2016: It is estimated that, based on an analysis from 2012 to 2014, fishing boats from other EU countries caught 58% of the fish and shellfish landed from the United Kingdom’s Exclusive Economic […]

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