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Seaweed farming along Norfolk and Suffolk’s coast

On 27th March a conference organised by Norfolk County Council, The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the North Sea Marine Cluster entitled ‘Growing a Seaweed Economy in East Anglia’ was held at the King’s Centre, Norwich, which brought seaweed experts from The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and many parts of […]

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Plan to drill for gas in coal seams under the North Sea

The Journal reports, 31st March 2014: “A billion-pound plan to reach untapped coal reserves under the North Sea will be under way by the end of the year, as the vast scale of the energy source beneath the North Sea is made clear. Scientific data of the true extent of the coal deposits on the […]

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“Governing MPAs: Resilience through Diversity” – new study published

Dr. Peter Jones, University College London, has just published a new work titled “Governing Marine Protected Areas : resilience through diversity”. To view this work, click here. In this work Peter Jones addresses some of the important challenges related to the effective and equitable governance of marine protected areas (MPAs). These challenges are explored through […]

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Marinet asks: Is Parliament holding the Minister to account over MCZs?

On 2nd April 2014 the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons held a session at which it questioned the Defra Minister, George Eustice MP, and the Ministry’s scientific advisor, Sir Ian Boyd, about the delivery of Marine Conservations Zones (MCZs). Marinet attended this public hearing, and concluded that the Minister had “an easy […]

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Managing Commercial Fishing in English SACs, and the Implications

Jean-Luc Solandt (Marine Conservation Society), Tom Appleby (University of the West of England) and Miles Hoskin (Coastal and Marine Environment Research) have published an article in 2013 in Environmental Law and Management [www.lawtext.com] titled: “Up Frenchman’s creek: A case study on managing commercial fishing in an English Special Area of Conservation and its implications.” The […]

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Do environmentalists know the difference between “right and wrong”?

David Levy, Marinet chair, has recently written an article for public circulation which seeks to explore the reasons why we — society, politicians and marine NGOs — seem to be unable to make the decisions that are essential if we are, on the basis of the scientific evidence known to us, to arrive at the […]

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Marine Biological Association is granted a Royal Charter

National BiodiversityBiological diversity in an environment as indicated by numbers of different species of plants and animals. Network (NBN) News, March 2014, reports: “All life on Earth depends on the ocean. The question that is underlying much research into life in the seas is how they can satisfy mankind’s demands for resources whilst continuing to […]

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Tackling Flooding – the 2007/60/EC Directive

Britain is far from alone with its recent severe bouts of coastal erosion and river flooding. Between 1998 and 2009, Europe suffered over 213 major damaging floods, including the catastrophic floods along the Danube and Elbe rivers in summer 2002. The severe floods of 2005 further reinforced the need for concerted action. Between 1998 and […]

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Levels of “by-catch” in USA’s fisheries are “very high” says Oceana report

Fishing vessels operating off the coasts of Florida and California and in the Gulf of Mexico routinely dump more fish overboard than they bring to shore, says Oceana in a new report “Wasted Catch”  published March 2014. Half of all the wasted fish and seafood can be traced to just nine fisheries, operating off the […]

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North Sea Surge impact along Norfolk Coast

The aftermath of the devastating December North Sea Surge can be seen on Mustard TV’s short film at Mustard TV

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The Growing Impact of the Shoreline Management Plan

Things are not looking good for the future of our coastline and the hopes of the many communities who live from it and by it. The full effect of the Shoreline Management Plan (SMPShoreline Management Plan) is now being realized, abruptly brought into focus by the storm surge of December when large areas of our […]

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SCAR AGM 29th March 2014

Ann Page, Secretary of SCAR (Suffolk Coast Against Retreat) invites all interested to the groups 2014 Annual General Meeting that is to be held in the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew, Suffolk at 10.30 am on Saturday morning, 29th March 2014. (Coffee from 10.00 am) The principle speaker will be the SCAR Patron, Lord Deben, […]

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Welsh Response to SMP

A reaction has arisen in West Wales, perhaps the first of many to come as the Shoreline Management Plan is dictated along our British coastline. The residents of Fairbourne, a coastal community in Gwynedd, West Wales, are considering taking legal action against their Council over the Managed Retreat plans arising from the Shoreline Management Plan […]

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Navigational Dredging Licensing

The latest ‘Fishing Focus’ published by DEFRA and the Marine Management Organisation (which can be read in full here) comments on the new licensing requirements for dredging emanating from the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009, which (other than very small scale maintenance dredging) has now made licensing of navigational dredging a legal requirement from […]

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Residents react to Shoreline Management Plan

The residents of Fairbourne, a coastal community in Gwynedd, West Wales, are considering taking legal action against their Council over the Managed Retreat plans arising from the Shoreline Management Plan (SMPShoreline Management Plan) that would see 400 homes in the village abandoned to the sea by 2055 due to the Council ceasing to maintain their […]

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New “ozone-eating” gases identified in Antarctica’s ozone hole

The Guardian reports, 9th March 2014: “Dozens of mysterious ozone-destroying chemicals may be undermining the recovery of the giant ozone hole over Antarctica, researchers have revealed. The chemicals, which are also extremely potent greenhouse gases, may be leaking from industrial plants or being used illegally, contravening the Montreal protocol which began banning the ozone destroyers […]

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Report says “Farmed salmon are fertile, can breed with wild salmon, and so should be sterilised”

The Guardian reports, 10th March 2014: “Farmed salmon should be sterilised to prevent them breeding with wild fish and introducing genetic weaknesses, experts have urged. New research shows that while salmon bred in captivity for food consumption are genetically different from their wild relatives, they are just as fertile, potentially damaging wild populations if they […]

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SCAR AGM Opportunity

Anne Page, Secretary of SCAR (Suffolk Coast Against Retreat) invites you to the 2014 Annual General Meeting of SCAR to be held at 10.30 am on Saturday 29th March at 10.30 am (Coffee from 10 am) at the Riverside Centre, Stratford St Andrew. The Guest Speaker will be Lord Deben, Patron of SCAR and Chair […]

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Now a beach oil hazard!

The worst marine oil slick to have hit the east coast was brought about 1978 when in thick fog the Greek owned oil tanker ‘Eleni V’, ‘en route from Rotterdam to Grangemouth, was struck and sliced in two by the French bulk ore carrier ‘Roseline’ six miles off Winterton. Much of the spill of 117,280 […]

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Marinet responds to “Castle Debate” on CFP Reform

Marinet has responded to the debate and evidence presented at the “Castle Debate” (organised by Pamela Castle OBE) in London on 4th March 2014 This debate considered the outcome and consequences from the recent reform process of the EU Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). Marinet’s response can be seen here.

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