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Scottish company launches world’s largest tidal turbine

Scottishenergynews.com reports 14th May 2016: In yet another ‘world-first’ for the Scottish energy industry, Orkney based Scotrenewables Tidal Power has today launched its 2MW SR2000 — the world’s largest energy generating tidal turbine. The company, which is at the forefront of the floating tidal technology sector, launched the 550 tonne machine at Harland & Wolff […]

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Professor who denies over-fishing exists is funded by the fishing industry, says Greenpeace

Greenpeace USA reports, 12th May 2015: Washington, DC — Documents obtained by Greenpeace through two Public Records Act requests reveal that University of Washington fisheries biologist Ray Hilborn has received at least $3.56 million from 69 fishing, seafood and other industry groups. Hilborn, an outspoken denier of over-fishing and a critic of marine protected areas, […]

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Microbes on ocean seafloor play a role in climate change

The Guardian reports, 6th May 2016 : Microbes are hardly the poster-children of climate change, but they have far more impact than polar bears on Earth’s carbon cycle — and therefore on our climate. A new study published in Science Advances finds that seabed bacteria and archaea (which look like bacteria but have very different genetics […]

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PEW Trust reports that worldwide tuna stocks are under severe fishing pressure

A PEW Trust Report, 2nd May 2016, which researches and reviews the condition of tuna species and stocks worldwide, and their economic value as a global fishery, reports: The reality is that fisheries management decisions continue to be based predominantly on the short-term economic bottom line — the amount of value gained or lost by […]

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Isle of Wight tidal power scheme approved by MMO

Isle of Wight Radio reports, 20th April 2016: A tidal power site off the Isle of Wight has been given the green light. Perpetuus has been given the go-ahead from the Marine Management Organisation to place turbines off the south coast of the Island. The turbines, which will sit on the sea bed 2km from […]

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Marinet continues to ask the Environment Agency whether the FED discharge permit at Bradwell, Essex, is legal

On 18th September 2015 Marinet wrote to the Environment Agency to query whether the Fuel Element Debris (FED) permit covering discharges of heavy metals, nitrates and radionuclides from the now decommissioned Bradwell nuclear power station into the Bradwell estuary, Essex, is legal. This letter of query sought to establish the legality of the procedures which […]

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EU Parliament petitions the Commission to ban microbead plastics

A small group of MEPs, see below, has drawn up a parliamentary petition aimed at the EU Commission which seeks to ban the use of microbead plastics in commercial products. Microbead plastics, which are too small to be seen by the naked eye, are now regularly used in commercial products such as toothpastes, shampoos and […]

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Great Barrier Reef bleaching severest in its northern coral reefs

The Washington Post reports, 20th April 2016: The conclusions are in from a series of scientific surveys of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching event — an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth — and scientists aren’t holding back about how devastating they find them. Australia’s National Coral Bleaching Task Force has surveyed […]

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Studland Bay rMCZ has breeding seahorses, but MMO declines to regulate yacht mooring

BBC News, 11th April 2016, reports: Fresh calls have been made for “environmentally friendly moorings” to be used off the Dorset coast in a bid to increase seahorse population. The appeal by the Seahorse Trust comes after about 50 short-snouted seahorses were discovered recently off Bournemouth, which it described as “absolutely incredible”. In total, 20 […]

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Campaigners launch UK-focused petition and proposals to rid the ocean of microplastics

April 2016, Greenpeace reports on UK ngo campaign and petition to the Prime Minister to prohibit the use of microplastics in UK cosmetic and health products : “Washed your face with an exfoliating face scrub recently? Brushed your teeth with some smooth mint toothpaste? Unfortunately then, you may have unknowingly used a product containing gross, […]

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“Stop Illegal Fishing” in African seas reports on its achievements

The organisation “Stop Illegal Fishing” which seeks to protect African seas from illegal fishing reports on its website: Stop Illegal Fishing is committed to ending the devastating impacts of illegal fishing across all African fisheries. It is only through the eradication of illegal fishing that African nations and their people will enjoy the full benefits […]

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Cruise liners challenging air pollution limits in UK’s cities and ports

The Guardian reports, 31st March 2016: Toxic fumes from large cruise liners powered by giant diesel engines will worsen London’s air pollution and could prevent the city from meeting its EU legal limits on deadly nitrogen oxide emissions, says resident groups opposing a new terminal. Plans for a wharf in the Thames that would be […]

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A collapse in Antarctic ice sheets could raise sea levels by 2 metres by 2100

The Guardian reports, 30th March 2016: Sea levels could rise far more rapidly than expected in coming decades, according to new research that reveals Antarctica’s vast ice cap is less stable than previously thought. The UN’s climate science body had predicted up to a metre of sea level rise this century — but it did […]

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Drone to patrol fisheries in Pitcairn Islands marine reserve

BBC News, 11th March 2015, reports: An ocean-going drone will be helping to spot illegal fishing in the world’s largest, continuous marine reserve. The UK said it would establish the 834,000-sq-km (322,000-sq-mile) zone around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific in 2015. The drone will patrol areas in the reserve designated as no-fishing zones. Data […]

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Greenpeace propose Marine Reserve to protect fragile Arctic area linked to fishing

The Guardian reports, 3rd March 2016: Major British food brands and supermarkets buying cod from Arctic waters risk having their supply chain “tainted” because of links with fishing further north in the Arctic, Greenpeace has warned. An investigation by the group has revealed that suppliers of cod to Birds Eye, Findus and Young’s are using […]

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EU Commission discusses “plan” to exceed CFP’s 2020 fishing limits agreement

The Guardian reports, 10th March 2016: Fishermen could soon be given carte blanche to over-fish without needing to worry about restoring fish populations to a healthy state under a leaked European Commission proposal seen by the Guardian. If it is approved, the blueprint for the Baltic Sea could soon be applied to the North Sea […]

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Arrests over illegal fishing of Patagonian toothfish

The Guardian reports, 9th March 2016: Six people have been arrested on charges of illegal fishing of protected species in raids carried out jointly by Interpol and Spanish police in Galicia in northwest Spain. The six include five members of the Vidal family who run Ribeiro Vidal Armadores, among them Antonio Vidal, the owner, and […]

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Small Boat fishermen fail to get increased CFP quota in Judicial Review decision

Greenpeace reports, 18th January 2016: Following a recent judicial review which saw Greenpeace challenge the UK Government over its distribution of fishing quota, Mrs Justice Andrews DBE has ruled in the Government’s favour. Responding to the verdict, Greenpeace UK’s Head of Oceans, Will McCallum, said: “Low-impact fishing boats are the lifeblood of the UK’s fishing […]

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UK Bathing Water quality results for 2015

Defra has published the 2015 compliance and performance data for Bathing Waters throughout the UK, see here. In 2015, 415 bathing waters were monitored in England, 102 in Wales, 84 in Scotland and 23 in Northern Ireland, making a total of 624 bathing waters across the UK. Of these, 608 are coastal or estuarine waters […]

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NEF’s “Landing the Blame” : Over-fishing in the NE Atlantic, 2016

The New Economics Foundation (NEF) reports 11th February 2016: Fisheries ministers risk damaging our natural resources beyond repair by consistently setting fishing limits above scientific advice. This is our second year running a series of briefings to identify which Member States are standing in the way of more fish, profits, and jobs for European citizens. […]

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