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Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee publishes English MCZ report

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published on 21st June 2014 a report of its investigation into the delivery of marine conservation zones (MCZs) to date in English seas by the UK Government. The summary of the EAC report reads: “In November 2013 the Government designated 27 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs)   well […]

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English MCZ network “is worse than useless”

Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation at The University of York, writes in The Guardian 17th July 2014: “0.000001 – one hundred thousandth — is a number so small that to most people it seems like nothing at all. Yet four and a half years since the Marine Act of 2009 came into force — […]

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US to create huge central Pacific marine reserve

The Washington Post, 17th June 2014, reports: “ President Obama has announced his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities. The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double […]

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WWF urges OSPAR to take action to ensure effective protection of NE Atlantic high seas MPAs

In a Press Release dated 20th June 2014, WWF state: “ (Gland, Switzerland/Cascais, Portugal) – Parties to the OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic should […]

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Parliament critical of the Government over English MCZ delivery

The Guardian reports, 21st June 2014: “Four years since the launch of the government project to create a national network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) designed to protect sea life and give fish stocks space to recover, only 27 of the 127 sites recommended by experts and stakeholders in the government’s own consultation have been […]

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BBC documentary on British whaling history

The BBC has produced a television documentary about Britain’s whaling history. It is supported by a number of short video films on its website. These are: “Whale products and whaling in the 18th and 19th Century”. Click here  “Ships of the British whaling fleet in Antarctica”. Click here  “Arrival at South Georgia” — the centre […]

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Fish on UK postage stamps

The Guardian reports, 5th June 2014: “Royal Mail marks World Environment Day by launching its first ever set of special stamps on threatened fish species to promote sustainable fishing in British waters. The 10-stamp set highlights the beauty of marine fish and encourages people to eat sustainable fish.               […]

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High Seas should be closed to fishing because fish are a significant “carbon sink”

Science Daily, 5th June 2014, reports: “Fish and aquatic life living in the high seas are more valuable as a carbon sink than as food and should be better protected, according to research from the University of British Columbia. The study found fish and aquatic life remove 1.5 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide from the […]

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Closing high seas to fishing would be beneficial, says American professor

The San Luis Obispo Tribune reports, 7th April 2014: “If the high seas were closed to fishing, populations of migratory species such as tuna, billfish and shark would increase significantly and that would help the coastal fishing industry to flourish, a Cal Poly (California Polytechnic State University) assistant biology professor has advocated in a recent […]

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Community participation in the SMP

An interesting treatise on community participation in adapting to the Shoreline Management Plan has been written by Chris Blunkell headed “Adapting to a changing coast” and subtitled ‘Informed, engaged and empowered? A thicker description of community participation in the setting of coastal policy in England and Wales‘. Chris summarised his research paper with “In 2007 […]

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National Trust concern on Coastal Erosion

In addition to many beaches and dunes, large stretches of the wildlife-rich Norfolk coast at Brancaster, Cley and Blakeney Freshes, suffered significant damage by the December ’14 storm and a tidal surge. Norfolk and Suffolk were far from alone in losing habitat. Sand dunes at Murlough in Northern Ireland also suffered their worst erosion in […]

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National Geographic article considers whether fish farming can be sustainable

The National Geographic has published an article in its June 2014 edition which reports that farmed fish now supply 47% of the world’s consumption of fish, relative to 53% harvested from wild sources from the oceans. The article also reports on the environmental and ecological issues surrounding fish farming, and looks at fish farming models […]

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EU backs out of full protection for Atlantic bluefin tuna

Undercurrentnews reports, 2nd May 2014: The European Union has backed out of implementing the full version of an electronic bluefin catch documentation system that was hoped could combat the trade in illegally-caught tuna, according to Pew Charitable Trusts. After many years of delays and adjustments to the new electronic bluefin catch database (eBCD), the system […]

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Scotland’s coastal “machair” grasslands at risk from climate change

The Guardian reports, 23rd May 2014: “The Hebrides and Northwest coast of Scotland are home to 70 per cent of the world’s machair, one of the rarest habitats on Earth and disappearing rapidly with climate change. Machair is unusually fertile grassland along the coast, enriched by winds driving off the Atlantic that blow tiny fragments […]

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What will the world inherit from GM salmon – the death of the wild oceans?

We provide here the text, with a Marinet comment as a footnote, of an article published 12th May 2014 by Dr. Gerry Goeden in the Independent Science News. The title of the original article is: What will the world inherit from GM salmon? Dr. Goeden [biographical details below] states: “It’s true — about 50 percent […]

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Even more Marine Aggregate Dredging!

Despite the numerous protests made by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Parish Councils, MP Brandon Lewis, MARINET and the many individuals who responded opposing the application MLA/2013/00417 that was placed on Friday 1st. November 2013, seeking a licence to permit Volker Dredging to remove a further 22,500,000 tonnes of aggregate over the next 15 years […]

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Does Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee understand the need for MCZs?

Following Marinet’s letter of 5th April 2014 to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee in which Marinet expressed concern that the Committee had failed to ask pertinent questions of the Minister about the Government’s shortcomings over the delivery of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), the Committee has replied on 22nd April asking Marinet to explain […]

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A new walk along Norfolk’s Coastline

Much of the Norfolk coast is classified as an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural beauty) in which a stunning 25-mile stretch will soon be opened up to ramblers and walkers to become the longest natural trail in England A clearly-marked route between Sea Palling and Weybourne will provide new rights of access to coastal land […]

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Beach losses threat to Norfolk’s little tern colonies

The Norfolk Coast has long been a return haven every April for nesting Little Terns, with colonies at Great Yarmouth North Dunes and Winterton on the East Coast and at Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the North. These tiny terns are one of the UK’s rarest seabirds, so are protected by RSPB Wardens from disturbance […]

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Do it yourself dune defences

Recognising that Hemsby is far from alone in losing their dune protection, here’s some information that may assist others similarly threatened by the loss of both their defences and government reluctance help maintain or to provide for them. There’s an excellent treatise on the role of marram dune to be seen at http://www.snh.org.uk/publications/on-line/heritagemanagement/erosion/appendix_1.2.shtml and there’s […]

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