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MARINET’s Comments on UK Licence Applications

A record of the comments submitted by MARINET to the UK government and the aggregate companies in connection with aggregate dredging licence applications.

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Troubled Waters

The Big Issue in the North has published in its 27th July 2009 edition (No. 783) an article about the serious condition of UK Seas and the need for the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill to address these issues.

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MARINET amendments to the UK Marine Bill at Report Stage in the House of Lords, April 2009

We provide here the full list of amendments (pdf file) proposed by MARINET to the Government and Opposition Parties in respect of the UK Marine and Coastal Access Bill at the Report Stage in the House of Lords, May 2009. This includes both the suggested amended text, and the reasoning for these proposed amendments.  

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Double Dutch Dikes

The Dutch have long shown Britain how to defend their land from the sea and are now coming up with further innovative methods from which the UK could learn if only the will and sanity were there.

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Evidence for the Anglian Offshore Dredging Association Confirming the Link Between Offshore Dredging and Erosion of the Adjacent Coastline

The following evidence confirms that it is the in-fill of the offshore dredged pits from the surrounding seabed which causes beach draw-down.

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Offshore Aggregate Dredging and Coastal Erosion

Yet a further paper has come to light on coastal erosion brought about by Offshore Aggregate Dredging in a paper entitled: EFFECTS OF MARINE SAND EXPLOITATION ON COASTAL EROSION AND DEVELOPMENT OF RATIONAL SAND PRODUCTION CRITERIA written by Emre N. Otay, Paul A. Work and Osman S. Börekçi It tells how such mining yields an inexpensive […]

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MARINET Briefing to the UK Government and Parliament, dated February 2009, on the Legal Powers possessed by to UK Parliament to create Highly Protected Marine Reserves in UK seas out to 200 nautical miles

A short Marinet Briefing Paper which explains the sovereign powers which the UK Parliament retains which enable it to create Highly Protected Marine Reserves (also known as highly protected Marine Conservation Zones or MCZsMCZ Marine Conservation Zone) in UK seas out to 200 nautical miles in order to protect and rebuild UK commercial fish stocks.

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MARINET Briefing to the UK Government and Parliament, dated February 2009, on the need for Highly Protected Marine Reserves to cover 30% of UK seas

A short Marinet Briefing Paper on why Highly Protected Marine Reserves (also known as highly protected Marine Conservation Zones or MCZsMCZ Marine Conservation Zone) should be entered into the text of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, and why a network of such marine reserves should cover at least 30% of UK seas out 200 nautical […]

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Legal Powers possessed by UK Parliament to create Highly Protected Marine Reserves in UK seas out to 200 nautical miles

A short Marinet Briefing Paper explaining the powers of the UK Parliament to create Highly Protected Marine Reserves.

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MARINET Briefing on the need for Highly Protected Marine Reserves to cover 30% of UK seas

A short Briefing Paper on why Highly Protected Marine Reserves should be entered into the text of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill, and should cover at least 30% of UK seas.

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Evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group

MARINET has submitted evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Group Coastal and Marine Inquiry into deprivation and disadvantage in coastal rural areas.

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Power from Tidal Currents — grossly undervalued

The Carbon Trust’s Future Marine Energy (January 2006) gave a low figure for the total UK resource and relatively high costs for power from marine currents. How reliable are its projections?

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Dredging, Defence, the Dutch and UK Dithering

Lessons learned from a fact finding mission to The Netherlands comparing the Dutch restrictions on offshore aggregate dredging and protection from coastal erosion to those of Britain.

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The Dutch, DEFRA and the Dreaded Dredging

For years public meetings discussing the issues of coastal erosion, saline flooding and offshore aggregate dredging have attracted regular comments along the lines of “the Dutch would never do it like this”. But until this week few people have taken the time and effort to visit Holland, speak to the relevant experts and assess the realities.

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Crown Estate Socio-Economic Report on Marine Aggregate Dredging

On 6th November 2008 the Crown Estate published a new report on the levels of marine dredging, the staffing of the industry and the financial contribution derived and resulting from the activity.

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Aggregate dredging may be threatening Sizewell nuclear power station

Is there evidence that the offshore sandbanks — the Dunwich and Sizewell sandbanks — are being diminished by offshore aggregate dredging? If so, does this change threaten the stability of Sizewell beach and the long-term physical integrity of the nuclear power station at Sizewell, Suffolk? These are the questions which are examined in this paper by […]

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Correspondence with Phil Woolas MP, Minister of the Environment, about ‘managed retreat’ in Norfolk

Mike King who lives in Scratby, Great Yarmouth, has asked Phil Woolas MP who is Minister for the Environment to explain the proposal in Natural England’s recent report to allow a vast area of Norfolk (6,500 hectares) from Eccles-on-sea to Winterton-on-sea, and as far inland as Stalham, to be flooded by the sea. His letter to the Minister asks how Natural England, an organisation that is supposed to care for our environment and the unique wildlife in the Norfolk area, can propose such destruction, and whether Natural England are they acting on their own initiative or are following Government guide lines?

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Mankind’s faltering efforts to protect coastal idylls from raging waves

Jerry Berne of Sustainable Shorelines Inc. sends us this item from the Times Environment News of 3rd May ’08. His response follows on.

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Tyndall Forum : ‘How do we create a Sustainable Coastline?’

That was the title for the Tyndall Centre Forum held at the University of East Anglia on 10th September ’08. It was attended by 63 invited guests including MARINET and members of our Coastal Group.

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Abandoning the best of Norfolk to the Sea

In addition to the Environment Agencies countenanced loss of the Cley Marshes, by failure to maintain the 500 year old shingle sea defence bank, we now have the abandonment of two more internationally acclaimed wildlife site, the RSPB’s Titchwell, probably England’s finest bird reserve, and the National Trust Blakeney Point, acclaimed as one of the ten of the UK’s finest coastal beauty spots.

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