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“The Sounding of the Whale” — Book Review

The Sounding of the Whale is a remarkable book, an astounding piece of research that presents subtle, original arguments in a stylish and readable (if sometimes mannered) prose. Burnett’s subject is the development of whale science in the 20th century, which takes in the work of zoologists, palaeontologists, biological oceanographers, ecologists, neurologists and mathematicians, among others. The individual scientists are brought to life and their work is beautifully contextualised. Burnett shows us the many ties that bound whale scientists, disastrously, to the whaling industry. He also does a wonderful job of placing the science of cetology in its institutional settings, both academic and political.

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Briefing on Maximum Sustainable Yield

We provide here a discussion on the definition and meaning of “Maximum Sustainable Yield” [MSY] both within the context of the EU Common Fisheries Policy and fisheries management in general. This discussion reports on a Briefing on this subject by OCEAN2012, and provides the evidence and argument advanced by MARINET for a more practical, as opposed to scientific, definition and usage of this key fisheries management tool. Unless this more practical definition is employed, MARINET believes that neither food security nor genuinely restored fish populations can be achieved in EU seas.

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MARINET’s video on The Impact of Offshore Aggregate Dredging – Part 1

MARINET’s 24 minute video presentation on Marine Aggregate Dredging providing a balanced view from all stakeholders, can be seen by clicking below. Although some of content is now several years old, the points of view remain topical. It is presented in three parts which may be played sequentially or individually.

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EU Funding for the Common Fisheries Policy : European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF)

We provide here the response of MARINET (pdf file) to the UK Government, Defra, in connection with its public consultation on whether the EU’s proposals for reform of the funding of the CFP and the objectives for that funding, via the EMFF, are correct and appropriate. Date, April 2012.  

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Offshore Wind Farms

A comprehensive listing of all UK offshore wind farms, those now operational, now under construction, approved, withdrawn after approval or after submission, submitted and site awarded can be seen by visiting www.bwea.com/ukwed/offshore.asp

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Adequacy and otherwise of the “Stress Test” Report by the Office for Nuclear Regulation into UK nuclear power plants following the Fukushima disaster in Japan

Summary written by marine radioactivity consultant, Tim Deere-Jones, of his 2011 Report for the Nuclear Free Local Authorities into the adequacy and otherwise of the “stress test” Report by the Office for Nuclear Regulation into UK nuclear power plants following the Fukushima disaster in Japan. The report by Tim Deere-Jones reveals a disturbing range of problems relating to the use of emergency cooling water in order to keep the nuclear reactors and spent fuel cooling ponds in a safe condition following the accident at Fukushima, and the failure of the UK Office for Nuclear Regulation Report to fully consider these issues.

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Film of California’s Central Coast Kelp Forest

Film of the marine life to be found in the kelp forests off California’s Central Coast. The marine life in these kelp forests is some of the most diverse in the world and this exceptional film and commentary, made by Terry Lilley (marine biologist and former pro-surfer) and his assistant Sue Sloan, records a world of extraordinary beauty, colour and diversity.

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EU Court of Auditors’ 2011 Report on Over-capacity in the EU Fishing Fleet and the failure of the Common Fisheries Policy to respond

We provide here the full text of the 2012 Report by the EU Court of Auditors into whether the Common Fisheries Policy and the European governmental institutions are properly addressing the question of overcapacity in the EU fishing fleet. The Court of Auditors concludes that there are serious failings and shortcomings in the CFP in […]

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MARINET takes Dredging threat to Parliament

MARINET has enlisted the aid of Norman Lamb, MP for North Norfolk in drawing the attention of DEFRA and the government in general to the now rapidly advancing and escalating threats facing East Anglia due to the many combined aggravating government policies on dredging and its licensing, and the lack of any that could help prevent the degradation.

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USA Video on coastal erosion and dredging

A 14 minute video from the USA on dredging and the resultant coastal erosion, showing the both causes of it and the methodology capable of correcting the loss of shoreline, can be seen by going to: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYMEh8kkRKs&feature=player_embedded If those of you who have your houses, businesses or beaches threatened by dredging and the Shoreline Management […]

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The Science of Marine Reserves

Providing the latest scientific information about no-take marine reserves, reporting peer-reviewed research from throughout Europe and globally.

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European Scientists’ Consensus Statement on Marine Reserves

European Scientists’ Consensus Statement on Marine Reserves, launched and led by Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation at York University, has been drafted in an effort to bring together the European community of marine scientists in affirming the need for marine reserves and express our profound concern over the lack of progress in implementing marine […]

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Sea Shepherd commences new campaign in the Southern Ocean

Captain Paul Watson provides the background, in interview format, to the 2011/12 Sea Shepherd campaign in the Southern Ocean to halt whaling by Japan. This is the eighth campaign that Sea Shepherd will have undertaken in the Southern Ocean.

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North Pacific and Alaska Humpback Whale population recovering from near extinction

Humpback whales of the North Pacific and Alaska have rebounded dramatically from near extinction half a century ago and now number at least 21,000 animals, according to the most comprehensive count of the species ever undertaken.

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Response to Outer Thames (OT) Potential Special Protection Area (pSPA) Consultation

A well worded response to the Outer Thames pSPA consultation by Fisherman Chris Wightman acting on behalf of the Anglian Fishermen’s Association.

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Fathoming ‘Sand Waves’

Peter Waller of Felixstowe has been studying papers on Sand Waves and their mobility, and following much reading has come up with an interesting analysis.

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USA Video on coastal erosion and dredging

A 14 minute video from the USA on dredging and the resultant coastal erosion, showing the both causes of it and the methodology capable of correcting the loss of shoreline

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House of Commons EFRA Committee consultation on CFP Reform

We provide here (pdf file) MARINET’s submission made to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee in connection with the Committee’s request for public submissions about the adequacy or otherwise of the EU Commission’s draft proposals announced on 13th July 2011 for reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

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‘The Ocean Planet’ publication by Marinet

In this publication we review the serious challenges which our seas and oceans now face, and we outline proposals for fundamental changes in marine management to solve this crisis.

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Food Security is central to CFP reform, supported by the correct policy and management objectives

We provide here (pdf file) a summary of the essential objectives that reform of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) must implement in order to achieve the primary aim of CFP Reform, namely the re-establishment of Food Security. Presented here is our graph, researched from scientific papers, which plots the decline in the North Sea […]

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