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Surfers Against Sewage Warns of 1,496 Pollution Events This Last Bathing Season

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have warned the public of almost 1,500 separate pollution incidents from 786 separate sewer overflow discharges and 771 predicted diffuse pollution events that occurred at UK beaches during the this last years ‘Bathing Season’ in England and Wales. This resulted in 212,772 real-time pollution warnings being issued to subscribers to their […]

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The price of holding back the sea

David Shukman created a most interesting report entitled ‘Holding Back The Sea’ that was broadcast at 21:00 GMT on Wednesday 19th November. It asked the big question as to how can vulnerable coastal communities be protected from flooding now that many areas are no longer funded by the government as was once the case. David […]

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Offshore wind could be one-third cheaper, says energy company

Greenpeace reports, 14th November 2014: “UK offshore wind could be priced at £100/mwh by the early 2020s — £50 cheaper than it is currently — if a strong decarbonisation target is put in place by the next parliament, according to industry giant, Siemens. The comments came at an industry event sponsored by the Green Alliance. […]

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US quadruples the size of Pacific Remote Islands marine reserve

Quartz.com reports, 25th September 2014: “The US is establishing the world’s largest marine protected area to preserve some of the country’s most wildlife-rich waters in the Pacific Ocean. US president Barack Obama will sign an executive proclamation today, three months after he initially proposed action, detailing the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National […]

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Whelk stocks now at risk from over-fishing

The Daily telegraph reports, 16th November 2014: “Scientists have warned that whelk stocks are at risk of running out as overfishing has seen the amount caught more than double over the last decade. Experts say regulations to protect them need to be tightened as it was revealed British vessels caught 19,000 tonnes last year — […]

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6 species of shark granted protection

Sea Shepherd reports, 12th November 2014: “Last weekend brought an important milestone for sharks. On Sunday, 9th November, 2014 several shark species were finally granted protection under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The newly protected sharks include all three thresher […]

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Ocean “dead zones” will worsen as global warming advances, suggests study

The Consortium for Ocean Leadership reports, 14th November 2014: “Nearly all ocean dead zones will increase by the end of the century because of climate change, according to a new Smithsonian-led study. Researchers have known that low-oxygen, or hypoxic, areas are on the rise. They have doubled in frequency every 10 years since the 1960s, […]

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Two-thirds of all predatory fish have disappeared during the last century

Mother Nature Network reports, 20th October 2014: “Once believed immutable due to their massive size and volume, today’s oceans are no longer the same oceans of our grandparents. In just a few generations, human activity has radically transformed ocean ecosystems. Case in point: Recent research has found that populations of predatory fish around the world […]

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Canary islanders say preserving the integrity of their seas is preferable to oil exploration

The Guardian reports, 10th November 2014: “In most places the news that you’ve struck oil would be cause to crack open the champagne. But not in the Canary Islands where Spain’s biggest oil company Repsol is due to begin drilling off Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. “Our wealth is in our climate, our sky, our sea and […]

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EU ignores scientific advice in its setting of deep-sea fishing quotas

Seas At Risk report, 10th November 2014: “The EU’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council has agreed on deep sea fisheries quotas for 2015 and 2016 that will allow for the continuation of overfishing of these particularly fragile species. By setting the 2015-16 quotas above those recommended by scientists for alfonsinos, red seabream, black scabbardfish and roundnose […]

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BBC TV reports on Greenpeace statement that one Dutch vessel has 23% of English fishing quota

Below is a report into the Greenpeace research and report into the ownership of the English and UK fishing quotas originally broadcast on Newsnight, BBC2 5th November 2014.     Source: BBC2 Television and YouTube. For the Greenpeace report see www.greenpeace.org.uk/media/press-releases/foreign-businesses-use-nearly-half-england%E2%80%99s-fishing-quota-20141104

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New Economics Foundation records Baltic Sea 2015 fishing TACs exceed scientific advice

In a Briefing, published 31st October 2014, the New Economics Foundation record that five fish stocks in the Baltic Sea have been given fishing TACs (total allowable catch) for 2015 which exceed scientific advice. The EU undertook in its 2014 reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) to ensure that no stocks were over-fished in […]

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More progress on Seal Mutilation

MARINET reported on this website four years ago about hundreds of dead seal carcases being washed up on Norfolk beaches suffering from corkscrew like injuries, some beheaded, most with deep diagonal linear lacerations of even spacing along their torsos, this appearing to have been brought about by mechanical means. At that time various possible causes […]

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National Audit Office report on Flood Defences

On 5th November (note the anniversary of the date when one Guido Fawkes attempted to blow up Parliament) The National Audit Office, who keep a close eye on value from government expenditure did their bit by expressing their concern on the cost and effectiveness of our flood defences by addressing the highly topical concern of […]

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Changes to Shoreline Plan?

Brandon Lewis, MP for Great Yarmouth, who was appointed Minister of State for Housing and Planning at the Department for Communities and Local Government on 15th July 2014, has just written the following in his 7th November 2014 Newsletter. Shoreline Management Plan ‘Can Be Amended’ The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, […]

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Oceana urges great caution on the EU concerning deep-sea fishing quotas

The conservation organisation, Oceana, reports 7th November 2014: “On 10th November, the Council of Fisheries Ministers of the European Union will meet in Brussels to decide catch limits for North-East Atlantic deep-sea fisheries in 2015 and 2016. These fisheries target a small number of managed species, of which most are considered to be overfished or […]

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Bathing Water compliance has an uncertain future

In 2015 the EU Bathing Water standards alter to reflect those of the new Bathing Water Directive 2006/7/EC . Official opinion is that the new Directive delivers stricter standards than the old Directive, and that therefore in 2015 less sea bathing waters are likely to comply than at present. However, Marinet observes that two facts […]

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Marine Aggregate Dredging statistics

The Crown Estate and BMAPA have provided the following information graphing the area of the UK seabed licensed for aggregate dredging and showing the total area dredged from 2008 until 2012. The overall take appears to be reducing, as has that taken from offshore Great Yarmouth, as it seems to be moving more now to […]

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Surfers Against Sewage produce major report and campaign for tackling marine litter

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have produced an incisive and impressive report on the problem of marine litter, and a series of constructive and practical proposals for reducing the severe problem that marine litter now creates. To see their report as a large pdf document, click here. The summary in their report advises: “Tackling this marine […]

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Super-fishing boat declared a “pirate ship”

Stuff.co.nz reports, 31st October 2014: “A shadowy Chinese super-fishing boat that changes flags and names routinely as it illegally plunders the South Pacific is to be declared a pirate ship by a Wellington based international control agency. Damanzaihao, flying the Peruvian flag, it is the world’s largest fishing vessel at 49,367 tons but no one […]

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