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Winterton Great Valley Protected

The beautiful Great Winterton Valley that runs between Hemsby and through Winterton-on-Sea contains much wildlife and a selection of rare faunaThe animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment. It, plus the Long Beach housing along its western edge, was severely threatened by the pre-Christmas North Sea Surge that destroyed the last remaining dune […]

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Go-ahead for a trial to grow a GM plant that produces omega-3 fish oils

The Guardian reports, 17th April 2014: “Scientists have been given permission to grow genetically modified plants that could help protect against heart disease. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has given the go-ahead for the field trial of a crop of GM camelina plants, the seeds of which are modified to produce […]

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UK bathing beaches in 2013 of “high quality” says Good Beach Guide

The Guardian reports, 15th April 2014: “As well as helping butterflies and bees, last year’s hot and dry British summer led to a record number of beaches reaching the highest standard of water quality in nearly three decades. The Good Beach Guide, compiled by the charity Marine Conservation Society (MCS), said that in 2013 almost […]

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NEF Fish Dependence update: EU still a long way from “fish food security”

The latest New Economics Foundation report, 28th March 2014, on fish dependence (fish food security) in the EU states: “European Union (EU) fish stocks are heavily overfished, which means they deliver far fewer fish than if they were allowed to recover; yet fish consumption throughout Europe remains high. The EU has been able to maintain […]

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Campaign to secure the sale of sustainably sourced Tuna in UK supermarkets claims “success”

The Guardian reports, 10th April 2014: “LDH, owner of Oriental & Pacific, a brand stocked by Tesco and Asda, told campaigners it would sell only sustainably sourced tuna from April 2015. At present tuna for Oriental & Pacific is caught using the purse seine method involving large nets that scoop up all kinds of marine […]

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New Australian study of the effects of rising CO2 on the marine ecosystem

The Guardian reports, 14th April 2014 : “A study by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, James Cook University and the Georgia Institute of Technology found the behavior of fish would be “seriously affected” by greater exposure to CO2. Researchers studied the behavior of coral reef fish at naturally occurring CO2 vents in Milne Bay, […]

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Global Atlas of environmental conflicts launched in Brussels

Nick Meynen email hidden; JavaScript is required of EJOLT, the Environmental Justice Project, has just sent us the following information. The Environmental Justice Organisations, Liabilities and Trade (EJOLT) project has just launched its Global Atlas of Environmental Justice, a visually attractive and interactive online mapping platform detailing around 1000 environmental conflicts (and growing). It allows […]

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DEFRA/ISA Consultation Invitation

Lekha Prakasan (email hidden; JavaScript is required telephone 020-7238 4691) of DEFRA’s (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Marine Programme has just sent to us the following invitation for stakeholders to a consultation by the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Dear Stakeholder, Defra would like to invite you to respond to a consultation by the […]

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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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