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Continuing Sewage Pollution of Beaches

From the many Combined Sewage Outfalls that have not been updated since their installation in Victorian times despite far higher population discharges.

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Draft Marine Bill — MARINET’s Submission

MARINET has outlined proposals to the UK Government for the creation of an ecologically coherent network of highly protected marine reserves which cover at least 30% of UK seas out to 200 nautical miles by 2015. Powers to bring this effect should be contained within the UK Marine Bill.

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Eurosion Paper on Essex Estuarial Erosion

Distinct from the 29th October 2005 EUROSION Report which the powers that be attempted to delete that content showing the North Norfolk Coast erosion being due to Offshore Aggregate Dredging, another EUROSION report has recently been unearthed by Maike of Coastal Essex FoE email hidden; JavaScript is required This relates to the serious ongoing estuarial […]

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Why Canute Failed

A Treatise on Sea Defences

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Losing The Broads?

The BBC website has a short film available showing the implications of the threat by the government to cease to maintain the coastal defences that protect the Norfolk Broads and its villages. To see go to http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7371468.stm

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Proposed Wash Barrage

The proposal to construct a barrage across The Wash has brought about a whole new debate over the apparent conflict of interests between those who wish to see protection of people and property as Global Warming escalates sea rise, and those who wish to maintain such an internationally important wetland site free from damage.

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MARINET’s Briefing for Members of Parliament on the changes required to the draft Marine Bill, April 2008

MARINET is running a national campaign to require the Government to create an extensive network of ecologically coherent “no-take” Highly Protected Marine Reserves in the forthcoming Marine Bill, covering at least 30% of UK seas out to 200 nautical miles. This Briefing explains the need for this extensive network of “no-take” Marine Reserves, and explains how […]

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Waves of destruction

Rising seas are changing Britain’s coast dramatically. Norfolk is the first low-lying area to face a stark and cruel new choice — plough millions into doomed defences, or abandon whole villages to the invading waters.

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Protecting RAMSAR sites from SMP induced Coastal Erosion

Information on the legal protection of RAMSAR sites if government abandons Norfolk Broads to marine inundation.

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Proposed Wash Barrage

The proposal to construct a barrage across The Wash has brought about a whole new debate over the apparent conflict of interests between those who wish to see protection of people and property as Global Warming escalates sea rise, and those who wish to maintain such an internationally important wetland site free from damage.

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The second ‘Sandpit’ report — A report from a large group of independent European scientists concerned with the impact of Offshore Aggregate Dredging

The Sandpit report for Year 2 is the second research based report carried out by WL/Delft Hydraulics. Its overall objective is to attempt to develop reliable prediction techniques for offshore aggregate dredging and to give guidelines to simulate, better understand, predict and mitigate the damaging effects of the process.

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EC to take the UK to Court over Waste Water Directive 91/271/EEC

The European Commission has today decided to take the United Kingdom to the European Court of Justice over non-compliance with EU environment legislation. The Commission is concerned that the urban waste water collecting systems and treatment facilities in London and Whitburn in North East England are inadequate and a threat to human health.

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Marine Minerals Dredging Regulations

This page provides access to the Government’s Marine Minerals Guidance Notes 1 and 2 which govern the determination and granting of aggregate extraction licences. This page also records the public consultation on government proposals to place these licensing procedures on a statutory basis, along with MARINET’s comments on this issue.

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Shifting Sands

The Royal Geographical Society has reported on the practice and impact of marine aggregate dredging in the March 2008 edition of its magazine, Geographical. The report is titled “Shifting Sands”, and MARINET has contributed to this report. The article is introduced in the magazine by the following text: “Mining the seabed for sand and gravel […]

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East Coast dredging sites

Latest maps showing dredging sites off the east coast. Published by the Crown Estate and correct as at 31st Jan ’08.

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Britain’s first Tidal power farm — off Anglesey coast

Npower Renewables have teamed up with Marine Current Turbines (MCT) to propose seven tidal current turbines generating 1.5 MW three km north-west of the coast of the Anglesey in an area known as the Skerries.

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Simple Basic Facts on Erosion

All along the East Anglian coastline and well-inland the Shoreline (mis)Management Plan (SMP) threatens the loss of the beaches, dunes, sand cliffs, the essential tourist trade infrastructure, wildlife and amenity sites, the Broads, whole villages and other vital resources. Compensation or reimbursement for such enormous loss has been consistently refused by our ‘listening’ government. The […]

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Could sea power solve the energy crisis?

Research being conducted at Southampton University into marine renewable energy technology believes that a system developed by the French inventor Georges Claude in the 1920s could provide all the electricity and hydrogen that we need globally, along with large amounts of desalinated water.

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MARINET Briefing Paper

An in-detail guide (25 pages with illustrations) as to the nature and impact of dredging the seabed offshore from our coasts for sand and gravel for use by the construction industry.

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Damage by Fishing in the UK’s Lyme Bay – A Problem of Regulation or Ownership?

Tom Appleby, School of Law at The University of Bristol, has written an article published in the Journal of Water Law which examines the question of whether The Crown Estate, the owner of the seabed in Lyme Bay, Dorset, has a duty and a right in law to prevent the damage that has been caused […]

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