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Goodwin Sands campaign group secure right to a Judicial Review

Goodwin Sands SOS report, 9th March 2019: We won a significant battle at the High Court yesterday, when claimant Joanna Thomson was awarded a Judicial Review of the Marine Management Organisation’s decision to allow Dover Harbour Board to dredge 3 million tonnes of aggregate from the South Goodwins sandbank. The Judge, The Honourable Mrs Justice […]

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Hundreds of Dolphins dying on French beaches, fishermen the alleged culprits

Plantbasednews.com reports, 20th March 2019: Since December, nearly a thousand dolphins have been discovered dead on France’s Atlantic coast. Hundreds of dolphin corpses have been found washed up on France’s Atlantic coast, as a result of the industrial trawlers used by the fishing industry. The dolphins, who were accidentally caught in fishing nets, were reported to have […]

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Mining the Deep Ocean : Does catastrophe lie ahead?

Following recent publicity in the February 2019 edition of the newsletter “The Navigator” published by oceanunite.org that the United Nations’ International Seabed Authority is preparing regulations for the issuing of exploration licences (as opposed to exploitation licences) on the deep ocean seabed for the extraction of minerals, Marinet has written a Briefing Paper on this […]

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Brussels Conference on the Ocean and Climate Change criticised by activists

The Brussels Times reports, 19th February 2019: Members of the citizen collective ‘Extinction Rebellion’ booed international leaders upon their arrival at the Palais d’Egmont palace. “They are preparing to sign a Declaration which in and of itself does not go far enough. We reject their lack of ambition for the sphere,” said one activist.  The […]

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Marinet Briefing Paper considers the “sixth mass extinction” facing the ocean

In the Marinet film WTF? – Where’s the Fish?, produced by Sarah Mallabar and narrated by Chris Packham, Marinet makes the forecast that the ocean could be facing a new mass extinction by 2050 where 94% of marine species have become extinct unless there is a fundamental change in mankind’s actions which impact on the […]

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UK trawlers are ignoring the ban on the discarding of fish at sea

The Guardian reports, 8th February 2019: Public backing for a ban on discarding edible fish at sea has been thwarted by the reluctance of the fishing industry and the government to put an end to the wasteful practice, the House of Lords has found. Discards were officially banned in January, after a five-year phase-in period, […]

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Warming oceans will turn more blue, say scientists

BBC News, 4th February 2019, reports: Rising temperatures will change the colour of the world’s oceans, making them more blue in the coming decades say scientists. They found that increased heat will change the mixture of phytoplanktonMicroscopic marine plants, usually algae. These microscopic plants are at the base of the food chain, and are the […]

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Welsh Marine Energy summit offers new promise

Marinet member, Max Wallis, reports 3rd February 2019: There is a long-overdue switch by the Welsh Government. Instead of viewing wave and tidal energy as minor, and then chasing the over-hyped and over-costly Swansea Tidal Lagoon, they now see the Welsh marine resource as a “key strand of a sustainable, renewable energy future and an […]

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Endangered sharks being eaten in UK fish and chips shops

ScienceDaily reports, 31st January 2019: Endangered species of hammerhead and dogfish are among the sharks being sold as food in the UK, researchers have revealed. University of Exeter scientists sampled shark products from fishmongers and chip shops, as well as shark fins from an Asian food wholesaler in the UK. The majority of chip shop […]

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Plastic particles found in every dolphin, seal and whale in British waters

ScienceDaily reports, 31st January 2019: Microplastics have been found in the guts of every marine mammal examined in a new study of animals washed up on Britain’s shores. Researchers from the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) examined 50 animals from 10 species of dolphins, seals and whales — and found microplastics (less […]

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Campaign against new offshore coal mine near Sellafield continues

The campaign “Keep Cumbrian Coal in the Hole” has issued the following press release, 27th January 2019. (click on pages to enlarge) The e-mail link above is email hidden; JavaScript is required The website link above is www.onr.org.uk/depz.htm The website links above are https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2018/12/30/murray-energys-crandall-canyon-coal-mine-disaster-9-deaths www.channel4.com/news/why-the-dutch-are-ditching-gas-extraction The link to the petition is https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/keep-cumbrian-coal-in-the-hole-its-too-near-sellafield  

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Copernicus 2nd Ocean report reveals continuing changes in key measurements

The Copernicus Marine Service reports, October 2018: The Copernicus Marine Service has published the 2nd Ocean State Report (OSR), an extensive analysis on the state of the ocean over the last quarter of a century. An accompanying summary has also been published that highlights some specific key findings of the report along with scientific content […]

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“Fishing For Leave” explains why EU Withdrawal Agreement is a “sell-out”

David Scullion, Brexit Central 18th November 2018, interviews Aaron Brown, Fishing For Leave, and reports on the UK Fisheries Bill currently before the UK Parliament. The Fisheries Bill is due for its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Wednesday 21st November 2018, the first time the Government has attempted to take back sovereignty […]

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Campaign Group, Goodwin Sands SOS, launches legal challenge and funding appeal

The campaign group, Goodwin Sands SOS (Save our Sands), has announced October 2018 that it is launching a legal challenge via judicial review of the decision by the UK government’s Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to grant a licence to dredge the Goodwin Sands which lie in the English Channel, offshore from Deal, Kent. The MMO […]

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Marinet publishes YouTube recording of its UK Universities Seminar

Marinet is currently embarking on a series of seminars at UK universities in which it presents the scientific evidence and arguments for a paradigm change in the governance of human activity in the ocean, as explained by Marinet Member, Deborah Wright, in her publication Conserving The Great Blue. This two hour long seminar has been […]

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PEW Trust reports on EU strategy behind CFP fishing limits

In a report titled A New Double Standard for EU Fisheries?  The Pew Trust reports, July 2018: Management of cod and other species in the European Union is complex because populations are divided into various stocks, depending on location, and subject to a range of catch limits. The process has been further complicated this year […]

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World’s wild fish stocks continue to decline, whilst aquaculture expands

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN FAO) has published its State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture, 2018, presenting FAO’s official world fishery and aquaculture statistics. Global fish production peaked at about 171 million tonnes in 2016, with aquaculture representing 47 percent of the total. In 2016, 88 percent of the total fish production […]

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Anti-depressant pharmaceuticals are damaging marine life

Phsy.org reports, 8th October 2018: A huge rise in the number of people taking antidepressant drugs is potentially posing a threat to the environment, according to new research. An expert in the effects of human waste on marine life and an expert in ethical pharmacology, both at the University of Portsmouth, are calling for prescribers […]

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Boyan Slat’s plastic waste Ocean Cleanup commences, not without criticism

Sciencemag.org reports, 11th September 2018: A high-profile and controversial effort to collect and haul away plastic trash in the ocean is finally going to sea. A massive tugboat left San Francisco Bay this weekend, pulling a long sinuous boom constructed by The Ocean Cleanup, a non-profit organisation based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The device, which […]

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Seahorse Trust launches a “Stop The Curio Trade” campaign in seahorses worldwide

The Seahorse Trust has announced in its latest newsletter that it is launching a campaign to protect seahorses from being exploited worldwide by the curio trade. This campaign is necessary the Trust believes because, unless successful, pressure on seahorse species globally from this trade and other practices e.g. fishing and medicinal use, will lead to […]

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