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MPs debate the future for sea bass following recent EU decisions

The Bass Anglers’ Sportfishing Society (B.A.S.S) has been working with Scott Mann MP, Member for North Cornwall, to secure a back-bench debate in the House of Commons on Thursday, 11th February to examine the future for sea bass. Marinet will be reporting on this debate following publication in Hansard. Members of the public can attend […]

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Oyster reproduction affected adversely by micro-plastics

Sciencemag.org reports, 1st February 2016: Increasingly, these molluscs are exposed to tiny pieces of plastic the same size as oysters’ preferred planktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet most important organisms form that drift in our oceans. They can exist in larger forms of more than 20cm as the […]

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Fish sensory abilities affected by increased CO2 levels in the oceans

The Sydney Morning Herald, 21st January 2016, reports: Ocean fish around the world risk becoming lost at sea if carbon dioxide concentrations in seawater continue to rise on current trajectories, a study from the University of New South Wales, Australia, has found. The study, published in the journal Nature, is the first global analysis of […]

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Pacific Tuna’s survival still confronted by formidable problems

The Guardian reports, 22nd January 2016: In Japan, 347 of Iki’s family fishermen [Iki, an island in the Sea of Japan] formed an organisation in 2014 to lobby for stricter rules on the Pacific tuna fishery, and last year they took the economically punishing step of halting their own harvest of adult tuna during the spawning […]

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Fishing levels globally are seriously under recorded

Prof. Callum Roberts reports, The Guardian, 21st January 2016 : About 164,000 years ago, people living in a South African coastal cave discovered the joy of seafood. Discarded marine snail shells deeply buried in the muck of human habitation represent the first evidence of seafood dinners. From then on, the increasing presence and richness of […]

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All vessels fishing in EU seas to have an “identity number

The website, iuuwatch.eu, reports 19th January 2016: The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF), Oceana and WWF welcomed a new European Commission requirement that all EU fishing vessels, and foreign vessels fishing in EU waters, need to have unique vessel numbers from construction to disposal. The move will affect up to 8,205 European vessels. The change is […]

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A further MCZ under threat from aggregate dredging

The Guardian reports, 19th January, 2016: A stretch of sandbars and shoalsA sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow off the Kent coast which is home to seals, famous for shipwrecks and is a proposed as a marine conservation zone, is at risk from dredging, conservationists warn. Dover Harbour Board is considering dredging for […]

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Map of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones in English seas

Based on data provided by HM Government and the Marine Conservation Society, we provide here a map below which shows which sites are now designated as Marine Conservation Zones in English waters. The map also shows those MCZs proposed in 2012 which have not yet been designated. New Marine Conservation Zones 2016 1 Fulmar 2 […]

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UK Government doubles the number of MCZs, but is it real conservation?

The Observer reports, 17th January 2016: A series of 23 new marine conservation zones (MCZs) have been announced by the UK Government. But some experts fear this will not be enough to safeguard the future of our wildlife The zones stretch from the coast of Northumberland down to Land’s End and include Europe’s longest chalk […]

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UK Government News Release announces new list of MCZs

The UK Government issued a News Release, 16th January 2016, concerning the new list of Marine Conservation Zones which it is establishing. The introduction to the News Release states: “As set out in the manifesto, the government is committed to delivering a Blue Belt of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around our coasts. These will protect […]

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Oceans are the “sink” that is taking the brunt of global warming, say researchers

The Guardian reports, 18th January 2016: Ocean water has absorbed more than 90% of the excess heat and nearly 30% of the carbon dioxide generated by human consumption of fossil fuels. The world’s oceans are warming at a quickening rate, with the past 20 years accounting for half of the increase in ocean heat content […]

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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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Seagrass meadows around the British Isles are in “perilous state”

BBC News, 13th January 2016, reports: Most seagrass meadows around the coast of the British Isles are in a “perilous state”, say scientists. Plants are being damaged by pollution and human disturbances such as mooring boats, according to researchers. Surveys of 11 sites in England, Wales and Ireland found high nitrogen levels in water were […]

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NOAA reports that Arctic is warming at 2°F above average

Oceannews.com reports, 16th December 2015: A new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) sponsored report shows that air temperature in 2015 across the Arctic was well above average with temperature anomalies over land more than 2 degrees Fahrenheit above average, the highest since records began in 1900. Increasing air and sea surface temperatures, decreasing sea […]

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Controversy surrounds plan to permit Scallop dredging in Cardigan Bay

Walesonline reports, 17th November 2015: Author and journalist George Monbiot has led a scathing attack against Welsh Government proposals allowing commercial scallop fishing in West Wales for the first time since 2009. The Welsh Government is in danger of positioning itself as one of “the most environmentally destructive on Earth” if plans to allow scallop […]

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Tidal project to connect Scotland with Cumbria

Tidal Energy Today reports, 25th December 2015: North West Energy Squared (NWE²) is planning to build a tidal energy barrage that would link Cumbria with Scotland in addition to producing clean energy. The company plans to construct a tidal barrage across the Solway Estuary that would incorporate a road which would halve the distance between […]

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Four new marine reserves proposed in Northern Ireland

BBC News reports, 14th December 2015: Northern Ireland is to get four new protected marine areas to conserve important habitats and species, including one of the slowest growing shellfish in the world. They are: Rathlin Island : at Rathlin, the entire island and the seas around it are covered. It is intended to conserve the […]

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Great Barrier Reef is expected to undergo a new “bleaching event”, say scientists

ABC News, Australia, reports 19th December 2015: Marine biologists studying the Great Barrier Reef are preparing for widespread coral bleaching early next year with an El Nino weather event predicted to turn many of the animals white. Earlier this year, scientists predicted that the world’s third mass coral bleaching will happen in early 2016 and […]

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Super Trawlers off the West coast of Ireland

This is the Blog of Nuala Redmond, a fisherwoman in Donegal Bay, published 19th December 2015 by the Donegal Women’s Network: For more than a month now, there have been half a dozen foreign super trawlers fishing off the west coast of Ireland. The two biggest trawlers in the world are still here. Nuala Redmond […]

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UK Government announces outcome of 2016 CFP quota negotiations

DEFRA reports, 16th December 2015: The UK government has reached a deal for the UK fishing industry, achieving quota increases and ensuring sustainable fish stocks. Tough UK driven decisions have delivered significant reform of the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy, leading to improvements in fish stocks, substantial quota increases and a more profitable industry, Fisheries Minister […]

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