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Australian study reveals scale of micro-plastic marine pollution

The Guardian reports, 25th August 2014: “Researchers have found “alarming” level of plastic pollution in Sydney harbour, with fibres from clothing and toiletries causing a widespread impact upon the marine ecosystem. The first information from the ongoing Sydney Harbour Research Program shows that small pieces of plastic measuring under 5mm have been found in each […]

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Marine plankton found in Space

The Guardian reports, 21st August 2014: “Sea 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 larval forms of jellyfish, squid, starfish, sea urchins, etc. and can be algae, bacterial […]

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Evidence that sharks attack undersea fibre-optic cables, mistaking them for fish

The Guardian reports, 14th August 2014: “Google is going to great lengths to reinforce some of the world’s undersea data cables after a series of shark bites, a product manager has revealed. The fibre optic cables, which carry internet traffic around the world, are protected by a series of layers to protect against impact and […]

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A further £7 million for protecting Hopton

Hopton, a favourite seaside resort and home of Bourne Leisure’s Hopton Holiday Village, between Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft, has already cost £3 million last Winter on emergency work to shore up the crumbling cliffs with 20,000 tonnes of earth and 12,000 tonnes of rock. The 50 year old wooden groynes had been allowed to decay […]

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North Norfolk fishermen angered by fishing ban

The fishermen of North Norfolk are seething over a high court injunction taken out against them by Dong Energy to stop them fishing in their best area of The Wash until 22nd October whilst offshore geophysical surveys are undertaken prior to establishing a major wind farm project. The area in question has thousands of crab […]

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Even more East Coast Dredging threatened!

Hot on the heels of issuing a licence for further dredging off the East Coast, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have just advised MARINET of a further application, this time for Lafarge Tarmac Marine to take 7,500,000 of sand and shingle from Area 296 and a further 7,500,000 from Area 494 over the next 15 […]

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Dredging off the East Coast continues

Despite the many of us who objected to issuing a licence to dredge Area 228, a 2.5 x 2 mile block of sea bed situated between five and seven miles offshore to Hopton in Suffolk, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have given their consent to further plunder our offshore sea for sand and gravel. This […]

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East Coast beaches ‘fast disappearing’

  The BBC has placed a video on the rapid disappearance of many beaches along the East Coast of the UK, where an average of half a mile being lost every fifty years due to the increased erosion. See it at www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28551480 The Winter storms due to Climatic change coupled with the draw downThe process […]

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UK government approves large windfarm off Sussex coast

BBC News reports, 16th July 2014: “A wind farm off the Sussex coast which could generate enough electricity to power 450,000 homes has been approved by the government. The 700 megawatt Rampion wind farm would consist of up to 175 turbines built eight miles (13km) off the coast between Peacehaven and Worthing. The government said […]

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EU Commission running public consultation on “fishing opportunities for 2015”

The EU Commission states, 26th June 2014: “Fishing opportunities for 2015 will be fixed for the first time under the new Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Setting fishing opportunities must contribute to achieving the objectives of the new CFP [Regulation (EU) No 1380/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 December 2013 on […]

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Pew Trust urges EU Commission to end over-fishing and to set quotas according to scientific advice

Following the EU Commission’s announcement of a public consultation on “fishing opportunities for 2015”, the Pew Trust has given clear advice to the Commission on the principles which the CFP must observe during 2015. Pew states, 25th June 2014: “The European Commission today published its Communication on Fishing Opportunities for 2015, which serves as a […]

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Hemsby coastal campaigners turned down by Coastal Communities Fund

Coastal campaigners have been dealt a blow in their mission to protect Hemsby’s fragile beach, properties and businesses from erosion after their bid for £2.3m of funding was turned down. Members of Save Hemsby Coastline submitted an application to the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) for the seven-figure sum that would have allowed them to build […]

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SMP Economic Impact

The Save Hemsby Coastline group are thinking of making the National Audit Office aware of the economic wastage being created by the very unfair and unrealistic dictates of the Shoreline Management plan, especially now that they have recently changed the goalposts so that the value of that protected now has to be eight times the […]

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Seal of Approval for Windfarms

Since their construction, the eighty-eight wind turbines of Sheringham ShoalA sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow windfarm off the North Norfolk Coast have come under fire from critics, some of them claiming that their views from Blakeney Point have been spoilt and others that they would inhibit the fishing and wildlife of the […]

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Whales and dolphins “at risk” from sonic oil prospecting off eastern USA seaboard

The Guardian reports, 19th July 2014: “The Obama administration is reopening the eastern seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic surveys using sonic cannons that can pinpoint energy deposits deep beneath the ocean floor. The announcement was the first real step towards what could be a transformation in coastal states, creating thousands of […]

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Scotland’s puffins enjoy a successful breeding season

The Guardian reports: 13th July 2014: “After several poor summers for Scotland’s puffins, the “clowns of the sea” are gearing up to leave the country after a good breeding season, experts have said. Changes to habitat and food brought on by climate change have created difficult conditions for breeding puffins in recent years, but early […]

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Coral reefs in the Caribbean could disappear within 20 years without protection

The Guardian reports, 2nd July 2014: “A comprehensive analysis by 90 experts of more than 35,000 surveys conducted at nearly 100 Caribbean locations since 1970 shows that the region’s corals have declined by more than 50%. But restoring key fish populations and improving protection from overfishing and pollution could help the reefs recover and make […]

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Change in Arctic bird breeding patterns confirms that the Arctic is warming

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “Arctic migrants are nesting up to seven days earlier as the world warms. The sandpiper makes a beeline for the Alaskan shores, to join the phalarope on the beach and the songbirds in the woods — and all because the winter snows are melting earlier. Conservation scientists Joe Liebezeit […]

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First power plant with “carbon capture” in the North Sea secures funding

The Guardian reports, 8th July 2014: “Drax, the operator of Britain’s biggest power station, has secured up to €300m (£238m) of European Union funding to build a power plant whose carbon dioxide emissions will be trapped and buried deep beneath the North Sea. The new plant will be built on land next to Drax’s existing […]

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Concern over the protection of the Great Barrier Reef from “port dredging”

The Guardian reports, 11th July 2014: “The amount of money needed to “offset” the impact of a dredging project on the Great Barrier Reef could be as much as $1bn — which is $998m more than the project developer has suggested. Documents obtained under freedom of information reveal huge uncertainty over the investment needed to […]

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