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“Ghost” fishing gear is having a profound marine impact, says new report

The World Society for Protection of Animals (WSPA) has published a report which studies the profound impact that “ghost fishing gear”  is having on marine animals.  The report, titled Ghosts beneath the waves states: As fishing intensifies, more fishing gear is being lost or abandoned and this is contributing to our ocean’s plastic problem. It’s […]

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Nearly 50% of plastic in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch comes from fishing

Nature.com publishes an article by L. Lebreton et al, 22nd March 2018, titled Evidence that the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is rapidly accumulating plastic. The authors state: Ocean plastic can persist in sea surface waters, eventually accumulating in remote areas of the world’s oceans. Here we characterise and quantify a major ocean plastic accumulation zone […]

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What is the condition of the world’s fisheries in 2018?

In July 2007 the NGO Oceana wrote and published a report State of the World’s Fisheries, subtitled What Will Be the Future of the Oceans?  We bring readers attention back to this Ocean report because we are now 10 years on since its first publication.  The question we ask is, have things changed? The Oceana […]

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UK Fisheries post-Brexit : The Management Principles

We reproduce here the summary of the report Net Gain — Opportunities for Britain’s Fishing Industry post-Brexit written  Shanker A. Singham  of the Institute of Economic Affairs.  This report concentrates on an economic perspective and explores how a British Fishing Policy can maximise the economic advantage for UK commercial fishing interests post-Brexit In contrast, Marinet […]

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Exterminating rats on the islands of Chagos could conserve its coral reefs

BBC News reports 12th July 2018: A team working on the Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean found that invasive rats on the islands are a “big problem” for coral reefs. Rats decimate seabird populations, in turn decimating the volume of bird droppings — a natural reef fertiliser. Scientists now advocate eradicating rats from all […]

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Wastewater from fracking will be discharged to sea

The Guardian reports, 15th June 2016: A UK shale gas company is considering dumping waste water from fracking in the sea, emails from the company show.            Ineos, which owns the Grangemouth refinery and holds 21 shale licences, many in the north-west, North Yorkshire and the east Midlands, has said it wants to become the biggest […]

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Marinet’s submission to UK Parliament Select Committee is critical of marine governance

Marinet has made a submission to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Select Committee and its Inquiry titled “Sustainable Seas”. Marinet has informed the Select Committee that: We believe that there is a profound dishonesty in the way in which Government and Parliament conducts its affairs with regards to the sea and ocean. It makes […]

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Senior European Experts provide a Briefing on UK Fisheries following Brexit

We provide a link to the article written by the independent group known as Senior European Experts who have written an in-depth Briefing on the issues likely to govern the nature of UK Fisheries following Brexit. The Briefing is titled Fisheries: The Transition Agreement and Future Arrangements and can be viewed here.  

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Commonwealth Nations agree to a Blue Charter to tackle global ocean issues

The Commonwealth Secretariat News Release, 20th April 2018, reports: Commonwealth leaders today agreed on a bold, co-ordinated push to protect the ocean from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing. Their landmark decision to adopt a Commonwealth Blue Charter will affect one third of the world’s national coastal waters, helping to sustain livelihoods and […]

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“Grey Fish” in Scotland – the catch that escapes the radar : the problem and solution

Openseas.org.uk reports 17th April 2018: The recent incident of illegal dredging in a Scottish MPA has exposed a serious problem for producers and consumers of Scottish seafood, highlighting that we don’t know, with any geographical accuracy, where much our seafood comes from. Our follow-up investigations suggest that legally and illegally caught fish and shellfish is […]

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UK Seas in Crisis : Will Brexit change things?

Note: This article was commissioned by The Marine Quarterly which has agreed to the publishing of an abridged version in its Summer edition. The decline in both the health and diversity of life of British seas is a subject much reported upon. Yet in addressing the meaning of Brexit in this context it is first […]

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EU Parliament votes to ban commercial electric pulse trawling for fish

BBC News reports, 16th January 2018: Members of the European Parliament have voted to ban commercial fishing using an electric current in EU waters, so-called pulse fishing. Opponents say the method is equivalent to putting a Taser in the water. The European Commission and the Dutch government say it is better for the environment than […]

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Scottish Government invites public contributions to an inquiry into the environmental impact of salmon farming

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (C.O.A.S.T.) reports, 2nd February 2018: The Scottish Government is inviting views from the public before 8th February 2018 on the issues covered in a new report about the environmental interaction of salmon farming within the wider marine environment. The report is titled Review of the Environmental Impacts of Salmon […]

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Is the new Bathing Water Directive being correctly implemented in the UK, asks Marinet

In a History written by Marinet of the old and new EU Bathing Water Directives, 76/160/EEC and 2006/7/EC, the long struggle to implement these Directives is recorded, along with the equally long struggle — only partially successful — to secure the implementation of the full rigour of the monitoring regimes and attendant health standards which […]

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Marinet produces as history and assessment of the old and new EU Bathing Water Directives

A History of the campaign and struggle to secure the implementation of the European Bathing Water Directive 76/160/EEC (the old Directive) into UK law has been written by at Patrick (Pat) Gowen, 1932-2017, who was a founder member of Marinet and its first chairman. This History is accompanied by an Assessment of the European Bathing […]

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A Tribute to Patrick Gowen, 1932-2017, who helped found Marinet and was its first Chairman

Patrick Gowen was a founding Member of Marinet at its inception in 2002 and its first Chairman. We provide here a Tribute to a person of exceptional calibre and commitment to the environment, and to whom Marinet and many others owe a great debt. May his example remain a standard for the future and to […]

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Coral reefs – can the Honduran reefs survive over-fishing, climate change and pollution?

The Guardian reports, 27th December 2017: “I’m like one of those old-school gangsters,” says Ralston Brooks, a park ranger on the island of Roatán off the coast of Honduras. “If you’re going to do it, do it. Pop a cap.” The 37-year-old boat captain says he faces regular death threats from local fishermen because of […]

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Coral reefs – can they be protected by insurance?

The Guardian reports, 20th July 2017: A stretch of coral reef off Mexico is the testing ground for a new idea that could protect fragile environments around the world: insurance. The reef, off the coast of Cancún, is the first to be protected under an insurance scheme by which the premiums will be paid by […]

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North Sea artificial island on Dogger Bank proposed as hub for offshore windfarm developments

The Guardian reports, 29th December 2017: Britain’s homes could be lit and powered by windfarms surrounding an artificial island deep out in the North Sea, under advanced plans by a Dutch energy network. The radical proposal envisages an island being built to act as a hub for vast offshore windfarms that would eclipse today’s facilities […]

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Marinet Special : Plastic in the Ocean

Awareness is growing of the huge, grave problem that plastic pollution of the ocean has created. We provide here a selection of articles and research reports published during the last 12 months (2017) which cover this “environmental crisis”, now considered by many to be as serious as climate change. These articles address not just the […]

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