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Devon Wildlife Trust wants strong controls on Wrasse being captured by salmon farming industry

The Devon Wildlife Trust reports, 26th June 2017: Devon Wildlife Trust is calling for the immediate ban on live capture of all wrasse species in the South West from within Marine Protected Areas. Wrasse are being captured live from our coastline in very high numbers and transported to Scotland where they are used to control […]

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Devon Wildlife Trust launches Wrasse petition, and says new measures are not enough

The Devon Wildlife Trust reports, 14th July 2017: Following our wrasse campaign, new measures have been announced by authorities this week. But DWT believes they do not go far enough to ensure prevention of damage to our Marine Protected Areas. In June, DWT raised the alarm when we heard that a wrasse fishery had begun […]

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Bradwell decides against further FED discharges into the Blackwater Estuary MCZ

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced 21st June 2017: “The site of the former Bradwell nuclear power station [Blackwater estuary, Essex] has now successfully dealt with all of its Fuel Element Debris (FED) waste mdash; a major source of intermediate level radioactive waste at the Essex site.   “This is an important step towards the site’s planned closure, […]

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World’s first floating offshore windfarm about to be constructed off NE Scotland

The Guardian reports, 27th June 2017: The world’s first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power. After two turbines were floated this week, five now bob gently in the […]

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Dutch trawler fined £168,000 for 13 fishing offences

The Marine Management Organisation reports, 13th June 2017: On 7th June 2017 Kafish B.V. a Dutch company which owns the UK registered trawler Margriet LT36 and its master, Dutch national Peter Kuyt, pleaded guilty to 13 breaches of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 and the Fisheries Act 1981 at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. The […]

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Worldwide coral “bleaching event” eases, until ocean temperatures trigger one again

The Guardian reports, 20th June 2017: The worst coral bleaching event in recorded history, which has hit every major coral region on Earth since 2014, appears to be coming to an end, with scientists now worrying how long reefs will have to recover before it happens again. After analysing satellite and model data, and finding […]

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Is Cod returning to Newfoundland, Canada?

The National Post reports, 23rd March 2017: There’s a huge biological change happening on the banks that extend off Newfoundland and Labrador’s north-eastern coast. The northern cod are coming back. And they’re eating the shrimp that had taken over their home range off the northern Grand Banks of the Labrador Coast.     The return […]

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The survival of the Wadden Sea, Netherlands, is in question

The Guardian reports, 16th June 2017: The world’s largest unbroken intertidal system of sand and mud flats could sink beneath the waves by the end of the century due to sea level rise and subsidence caused by gas drills. The Unesco world heritage site at the Wadden Sea on the Dutch coast stretches over 10,000 […]

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Humpback whales return to Hudson River estuary, New York

SFGATE.com reports, 9th June 2017: Large numbers of humpback whales have returned to New York City for the first time in a century. For the first time in 100 years, sizeable numbers of humpback whales are being spotted in the waters off NYC, and it’s thanks to years of environmental clean-up efforts, Popular Science reports. […]

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Marine Reserves: “protected should mean truly protected”, says marine scientist

National Geographic reports, 13th June 2017: New analysis of previous studies shows that biomassThe amount of living matter. This is therefore a different measure to numbers of organisms. So, for example, there is much more biomass in 1 elephant than there is in 1000 fleas and there may be more biomass in 100 large cod […]

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Tension between Scottish inshore trawlermen and creel fishermen comes to the surface

BBC News (Scotland) reports, 14th June 2017: Creel fishermen are calling for a massive change in the way west coast of Scotland fisheries are managed. Their industry body has put a case to the Scottish government for trawlers to be banned from inshore waters. They have also asked that the trawlers’ allocation of prawns be […]

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New archaeological surveys being conducted on Goodwin Sands, Kent

A south-western strip of the southern half of the Goodwin Sands, offshore from Dover and Deal, is the subject of an application to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) by the Dover Harbour Board to dredge 3.75 million tonnes of sand to use as infill material in a reconstruction project for the Port of Dover. The […]

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Scottish government accused of colluding to conceal pesticide pollution from fish farms

The Sunday Herald (Scotland) reports, 5th June 2017: The Scottish Government has allowed a US drug company to secretly rubbish a scientific study blaming one of its pesticides for killing wildlife in Scottish sea lochs. The Sunday Herald has uncovered that the £76 billion New Jersey multinational, Merck, hired reviewers to criticise evidence in a […]

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Nine of world’s largest fishing companies sign agreement to fish sustainably

The Guardian reports, 9th June 2017: Nine of the world’s biggest fishing companies have signed up to protect the world’s oceans, pledging to help stamp out illegal activities, including the use of slave labour, and prevent over-fishing. The initiative is part of the UN Ocean Conference in New York, the first conference of its kind […]

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C.O.A.S.T. offers a UK election marine agenda which the politicians largely failed to debate

 The Community of Arran Seabed Trust asks in its June Newsletter: Do our politicians care about coastal communities and healthy seas? Time to embrace sustainable alternatives: Little has been said during the election about one of the biggest issues facing coastal communities — the health of the marine environment. Ironically, only Donald Trump has succeeded in putting […]

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Pelamis Wave Power: Company insolvent, but technology continues

Furnacecompare.com reports, 2nd June 2017: Pelamis Wave Power (Pelamis) was the first company to produce electricity on a commercial scale by harnessing the power of ocean waves. The Scottish company was established in 1998 and designed the technology used in several off-shore wave energy production projects. However, Pelamis closed its doors in 2014 due to […]

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Whitsand Bay campaigners win decision against Rame Head sea dumping site

The Plymouth Herald reports, 6th March 2017: Campaigners have won an unprecedented victory to stop dredgers dumping silt next to a marine beauty spot. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that dumping will no longer be allowed off Rame Head, in Whitsand Bay. Instead, the agency has designated a new disposal site in deeper […]

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Env. Agency announces permit approval for Bradwell (Essex) FED discharges

The Environment Agency for England and Wales announced, 14th March 2017, a decision to grant a new series of Permits to Magnox Limited’s Bradwell nuclear power station (decommissioned) to discharge nitrates, heavy metals and radionuclides into the Blackwater Estuary MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone/SPASpecial Protection Areas (SPAsSpecial Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites classified […]

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Oceana reports on over-fishing in UK and Irish Seas, and the lost opportunity

Oceana Press Release, 29th May 2017: An overhaul of current fisheries management could result in 87% more fish being caught in the Atlantic waters around the UK, Ireland and the north-west of France if governments stop overfishing, marine conservation organisation Oceana has announced. According to a scientific study on the status and potential of fish […]

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Ocean Cleanup Project says engineering advances for plastic recovery will be tested in 2017

The Ocean Cleanup Project, Netherlands, stated in press releases dated 3rd and 11th May 2017:  The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, has announced it will start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months. The Ocean Cleanup has further announced that […]

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