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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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UN “declares war” on ocean plastic

Seven Seas Travel Magazine reports 25th February 2017: UN Environment launched an unprecedented global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter: microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic by the year 2022. UN Environment launches major global #CleanSeas campaign to end marine litter. Ten countries are already on board, as […]

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Plastic from tyres is a “major source” of ocean pollution, says IUCN

BBC News reports, 22nd February 2017: Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as “plastic soup”, conservationists warn. Micro-plastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Up to […]

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Oxygen levels in the oceans are declining, say scientists

Time.com reports, 17th February 2017: Oceans across the globe are slowly losing oxygen, which poses a major problem for every living marine animal and underscores the serious consequences of climate change, researchers say. A new Nature study published this week found that oxygen levels in worldwide oceans have dipped by more than 2% in the […]

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E. Dorset FOE argues for tranquillity and ecosystem emphasis in MMO’s S. Marine Plan

East Dorset Friends of the Earth, a Marinet Member, has responded to the Marine Management Organisation’s request for comment on the central themes of its draft South Marine Plan, February 2017: The Plan covers the coast from Dartmouth to Folkestone, 221 miles (356 Km), with over 3000 miles of tidal coastline, about 20,000 square Km […]

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Marinet makes submission to Welsh Government’s MPA public inquiry

Marinet has responded, February 2017, to the formal questionnaire issued by the Welsh Assembly aimed at enquiring about the effectiveness of management of marine protected areas (MPAs) in Wales. Marinet’s full response can be seen here. The objectives of the Welsh Assembly inquiry are: To assess the management of Welsh marine protected areas with a […]

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Scottish salmon farming said to be in a sea lice “crisis”

BBC News Scotland reports, 14th February 2017: Marine Harvest, the largest producer of Scottish salmon, says it is losing around 1,500 tonnes of fish per year, out of nearly 40,000 tonnes produced. As consumer demand for fish increases, the price has soared to record levels in recent months. That is expected to feed through to […]

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Coral die-back in the Pacific due to US war programme tests, says scientist

Terry Lilley reports, 13th February 2017: As a scientist we are trained to present facts. Good, bad or ugly. If you have been following my reporting (like 2 million other folks have been) over the last four years about the rapidly dying coral reefs along the north shore of Kauai then you may want to […]

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Extraordinary levels of pollution 10km deep in the Mariana trench, say scientists

The Guardian reports, 13th February 2017: Scientists have discovered “extraordinary” levels of toxic pollution in the most remote and inaccessible place on the planet — the 10km deep Mariana trench in the Pacific Ocean. Small crustaceans that live in the pitch-black waters of the trench, captured by a robotic submarine, were contaminated with 50 times […]

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Proposal to refreeze the Arctic artificially

The Observer reports, 12th February 2017: Physicist Steven Desch has come up with a novel solution to the problems that now beset the Arctic. He and a team of colleagues from Arizona State University want to replenish the region’s shrinking sea ice — by building 10 million wind-powered pumps over the Arctic ice cap. In […]

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Proposals for a “mega” salmon farm in Scotland arouse concern

The Herald (Scotland) reports, 5th February 2017: Secret and lucrative plans for the world’s biggest salmon farm around Orkney or Shetland would “abjectly” fail pollution limits and make “fools” of Scotland’s environmental watchdog, according to internal documents seen by the Sunday Herald. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has been privately considering proposals for a […]

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Sustainable tuna fishing in the Pacific can lead to fish food security, says WWF

Dermot O’Gorman, CEO of WWF Australia, writes in The Guardian, 15th February 2016: There has never been a more urgent time for seafood businesses and fishing nations to make a commitment to sustainability. The world’s oceans are in trouble, with marine life plummeting and the people who are dependent on the sea for income and […]

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George Monbiot presents the case for marine reserves with no fishing

George Monbiot writes, The Guardian 4th February 2017: I believe we possess a ghost psyche: a set of capacities that helped secure our survival in more dangerous times, but that now are vestigial. I picture this as a seam of intense emotion, buried so deeply in our minds that we can seldom find it. I […]

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EU to regulate EU fishing operations outside of EU waters

Oceana reports, 2nd February 2017: The EU has one of the largest fishing fleets operating around the world, and its activities represent 28% of total EU catches. The European Parliament has voted on the European Commission’s proposal to sustainably manage the activities of the EU’s fishing fleet operating outside European Union waters. EU fishing vessels […]

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Fish production and processing has become “globalised”

Yahoo News.com reports, 16th January 2017: That smoked salmon you bought for the New Year’s festivities has a story to tell. The salmon may have been raised in Scotland — but it probably began life as roe in Norway. Harvested at a coastal farm, the fish may have been sent to Poland to be smoked. […]

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A Proposal for Sustainable Salmon Farming, replacing present practices

James Merryweather, scottishsalmonthinktank.net, has published an analysis of present salmon fish farming practices along with reform proposals to place salmon fish farming on a sustainable basis. We provide here material from his website.   FISH FARMS (a review of net-cage salmon farming in Scotland) When I first started to investigate salmon farming in Scotland (and Canada, […]

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