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Deep sea mining is about to commence

Environment 360 reports, 20th October 2014: “Armed with new high-tech equipment, mining companies are targeting vast areas of the deep ocean for mineral extraction. But with few regulations in place, critics fear such development could threaten seabed ecosystems that scientists say are only now being fully understood. For years, the idea of prospecting for potentially […]

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New evidence on Arctic sea ice trends

Dana Nuccitelli in The Guardian reports, 20th October 2014: “The National Snow and Ice Data Center has reported that this year we saw the 6th-lowest minimum Arctic sea ice extent on record. Research has shown that most of the long-term decline in sea ice, or the “death spiral” as it’s come to be known, is […]

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New oil field discovered in the North Sea

BBC News Scotland reports, 23rd October 2014: “Oil firms BP and GDF Suez have announced the discovery of a new field in the UK Central North Sea. The find, which spans adjacent blocks operated separately by the two companies, has been flow-tested at a maximum rate of 5,350 barrels per day. The discovery has been […]

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UK Government’s Chief Scientist says acidification is causing “substantial risks to marine ecosystems”

The BBC reports, 24th October 2014: “The UK’s chief scientist says the oceans face a serious and growing risk from man-made carbon emissions. The oceans absorb about a third of the CO2 that’s being produced by industrial society, and this is changing the chemistry of seawater. Sir Mark Walport warns that the acidity of the […]

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EU set to license deep-sea fishing under the CFP

The Pew Foundation reports, 21st October 2014: “On the 10th and 11th November EU fisheries ministers are scheduled to decide on fishing limits for deep sea stocks in 2015 and 2016. This will be done for the first time under the reformed Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The deep sea is the area of the ocean […]

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Canada says “no new fishing licences” in the Arctic

Canadian TV reports, 17th October 2014: “The federal government has implemented a ban on new commercial fisheries in the western Arctic until more research can be done. The policy, announced 17th October, has long been requested by environmental groups and follows a similar American decision that was enacted five years ago. “It’s based on the […]

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Wild harvests in continued decline, as fish farming grows

The University of York, UK, reports on Marine Pollution Bulletin article, 14th October 2014: More and more people are eating fish for the health benefits, but what is all that healthy eating doing to the global fish supply? A review of 124 years of fisheries landings records shows that UK domestic fishery landings have fallen […]

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Tyndal research paper into Offshore Aggregate induced Erosion

In the hope of getting some meaningful empirical research performed that would conclusively prove the impact that Offshore Aggregate Dredging is having upon our coastline, MARINET wrote to Mike Walkden and P.K. Stansby, authors of Tyndal Working Paper 97 ‘The effect of dredging off Great Yarmouth on the wave conditions and erosion of the North […]

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EU criticised for setting 2015 Baltic cod quotas in exceedance of scientific advice

CFP Reform Watch reports, 14th October 2014: “The decision yesterday (13th October) on fishing quotas for the Baltic Sea disregards the scientific advice for several fish stocks, notably cod. Environmental groups now criticise fisheries ministers for not following the EU’s new rules on sustainable fishing. For the western cod stock, scientists had advised that the […]

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Scottish fishermen allowed to “bank” 2014 Russian mackerel quota

BBC News reports, 13th October 2014: “Fishermen affected by the Russian food export ban are to benefit from a change in EU law allowing them to bank a quarter of their mackerel quota. The EU Fisheries Council has agreed to permit the industry to bank 25% of the 2014 quota, up from the standard 10%, […]

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Sharks at risk from acidifying oceans

The Ecologist reports, 12th October 2014: “Sharks are already in trouble everywhere. They are pursued as food or feared as a threat, and the habitat they favour is gradually being degraded or destroyed. Human emissions of carbon dioxide do more than just warm the global climate. They also acidify our seas and oceans. And sharks […]

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Seahorses disappear from “undesignated” MCZ at Studland Bay, Dorset

The Western Morning News reports, 13th October 2014: “Seahorses have disappeared from breeding grounds at a popular beauty spot in Dorset. Numbers of the native spiny seahorse and short snouted seahorses have dwindled from more than 40 to none in the past eight years. This year, conservationists were devastated to find just one drifting juvenile […]

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Copepod is “keystone Arctic species” as indicator of climate change

In an article in the October 2014 edition, The National Geographic reports on Franz Josef Land in the Arctic Circle. This archipelago of islands is a nature reserve under Russian law and host to a wide range of Arctic animal species, in particular, the little auk. The National Geographic reports: “The little auk feeds primarily […]

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Judicial review of Whitsand Bay, Cornwall, dredging decision

The Plymouth Herald, 10th October 2014, reports: “Campaigners against the dumping of dredged material off Whitsand Bay have won a major battle in their fight. The High Court has this week granted leave for a judicial review into the Marine Management Organisation’s decision to grant permission for dredging at Devonport Naval Base and subsequent dumping […]

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EU fishermen may get “uplift” in their fishing quotas to compensate for loss of Russian market

Reuters reports, 10th October 2014: “ EU ministers will debate on 13th October 2014 whether European fishermen can extend their quota limits next year to compensate for the loss of Russian customers following Moscow’s ban on Western food imports. The European Union’s fisheries chief said she would ask ministers to support her proposal to allow […]

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Hard coral discovered deep in North Sea

A ten-day Dutch North Sea expedition led by World Wide Fund for Nature ocean expert Chris van Assen has uncovered a type of hard coral (believed to be the Devonshire Cup Coral) on a ship wreck in the Dogger Bank that has never been recorded in these waters before. They also discovered Honeycomb Worms, which […]

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EU approves UK subsidies for new Hinkley Point nuclear power plant

The Guardian reports, 8th October 2014: “The European Commission (EC) on Wednesday gave the green light to a subsidy scheme that will enable the first new nuclear reactors to be built in Britain for nearly 20 years. But the EC claimed that the decision had been made only after the financial arrangements put forward by […]

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Fourteen of Scotland’s beaches polluted

The annual survey by the Scottish Environment Agency SEPA shows that many of their beaches failed the EC tests in May and August this past year, this far worse than last year when all were said to meet the standards required. The two worst polluted were Heads of Ayr in South Ayrshire and Lunan Bay […]

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Erosion threatens Scroby windfarm stability

The continuing dredging of aggregate in close proximity to the Scroby wind turbines has brought about a considerable reduction to the Scroby Sandbank and loss of the seabed, to the extent that the wind turbines embedded nearby are now threatened with instability. Three years ago the deeply entrenched power line taking the generated power from […]

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Are walrus at risk from climate change?

The Guardian reports, 4th October 2014: A mass haul out of 35,000 animals on an Alaska beach doesn’t bode well for the future of wildlife dependent on the Arctic ice. Thirty-five thousand walrus on a beach in Alaska, rolling in filth and the carcasses of their kin, have become the unwitting new poster children for […]

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