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Greenpeace film and report exposes unsustainable nature of big fishing vessels in the UK

We provide here a short film and an investigative report titled A Wolf in Shrimps Clothing, produced January/February 2013 by Greenpeace. This material examines the unequal relationship between big business and big fishing vessels versus small fishermen and their traditional practices. It also examines the role of the National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations in the […]

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ICES report on condition of Sea Bass stock, June 2016

We provide here the text of the ICES report, published June 2016, into the condition of the European Sea Bass stock. Commercial fishing has taken the stock below the level for a safe spawning stock biomassbiomass The amount of living matter. This is therefore a different measure to numbers of organisms. So, for example, there […]

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Marinet submission to MMO over aggregate dredging application at Goodwin Sands

We provide here the Marinet submission, July 2016, to the Marine Management Organisation in respect of the application by the Dover Harbour Board to dredge 2.5 million m3 of sand from South Goodwin Sands in order to provide infill material for its Western Docks Revival Scheme. The Goodwin Sands is a recommended Marine Conservation Zone […]

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Is the Blackwater Estuary MCZ being assessed for the impact of discharges from the decommissioning of Bradwell nuclear power station ?

We provide here a chronological record (October 2015 to February 2016) of the enquiries made by Marinet to the Environment Agency concerning the issuing of a discharge licence to Magnox Limited for waste radioactivity, heavy metals and nitrates arising from the dissolution of fuel element debris during the decommissioning of Bradwell nuclear power station, Essex. […]

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Fishing levels around the world are seriously under recorded

We provide here a copy of Catch reconstructions reveal that global marine fisheries catches are higher than reported and declining by Daniel Pauly and Dirk Zeller, January 2016. Publisher: Nature Communications. For viewing online, see http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2016/160119/ncomms10244/full/ncomms10244.html

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Aggregate Companies seek licence from MMO to dredge Kingmere MCZ

We provide here the submission which Marinet has made, 8th January 2016, to Her Majesty’s Government’s Marine Management Organisation in respect of the licence application by Cemex UK and Tarmac Marine to be allowed to extract (dredge) sand and gravel from the seabed over the next 15 years from two sites, Area 453 and 488, […]

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‘Marinet Special’ on Alternative Aggregate to Marine Sand : Interim Progress Report

We provide here an Interim Progress Report, December 2015, on the reception given by the industry, government, the statutory nature conservation agency, and the licence regulator to Marinet’s proposal to substitute ‘manufactured sand’ from waste quarry rocks for sand dredged from the seabed. Marine Aggregate Extraction — The Need to Dredge : Fact or Fiction? […]

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EU Fishing in Crisis : Politicians are wilfully breaking the law

We provide here a series of reports, principally written by the New Economics Foundation, which demonstrate that in the years since CFP reform in 2014 (i.e. in 2015 and 2016) EU Fisheries Ministers have been setting catch levels for many of the commercial fish stocks in the Baltic and Northern European seas which are clearly […]

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Deep Sea Mining : the nature of the resource, and the threat to ocean integrity

We provide here the text of an article written for The Huffington Post, 20th October 2015 by Prof. Richard Steiner (formerly University of Alaska, now Oasis Earth), the opening of which reads: “Adding to concerns about the disastrous decline in ocean ecosystems, now there is another emerging threat — deep sea mining. While shallow water […]

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Ocean Acidification explained in RSC lecture

In a lecture given by Dr Helen Findlay , October 2015, at the Royal Society of Chemistry the subject of ocean acidification is explained in detail. Ocean acidification is increasingly a term used by scientists, and reported in the media, as one of the big issues of concern for our planet: “the evil twin of […]

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Plastic now found widely on the ocean seabed at elevated concentrations relative to seawater

We provide here a link to a Latest News item which reports on a study which shows that waste plastic is now being found at high concentrations relative to seawater in the sediments on the seabed, and that the ocean seabed is becoming a “sink”. The long-term toxicology consequences are unknown.

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Marinet asks Environment Agency whether Bradwell’s nuclear discharges are legal

We provide here the text of a letter, 5th October 2015, from Marinet to the Chairman of the Environment Agency’s Board, which asks the Agency whether the nuclear waste discharges which it is permitting from the Bradwell nuclear power station, located on the Blackwater estuary in Essex, are legal. Download letter as a pdf file. […]

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The Humanitarian side of the Shoreline Management Plan

The Guardian published a remarkable Heart-warming and emotive story written by Patrick Backham that shows the impact of the Shoreline Management Plan upon just two of those victims who have put up a valiant fight to to try to save their homes from the sea, and the amazing level of ruthless authoritarian bureaucracy employed by […]

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Marine Aggregate Extraction – The Need to Dredge : Fact or Fiction?

MARINE AGGREGATE EXTRACTION THE NEED TO DREDGE : FACT OR FICTION? September 2015 View article as a pdf document 1 BACKGROUND Sand is a critical component in the manufacture of concrete which is, of course, a vital building material in the construction industry. The United Kingdom is almost the only developed economy which is still […]

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Radioactivity from Bradwell nuclear power station challenges the Blackwater MCZ

We provide here the text of the submission made by Marinet, 18th September 2015, to the Environment Agency concerning a permit application by Magnox Limited to be granted an extended licence to discharge waste radioactivity into the Blackwater estuary (Blackwater, Colne, Roach and Crouch Estuaries Marine Conservation Zone) which arises from the dissolution treatment process […]

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Ocean Acidification and its impact on Marine Plankton : is there a planetary emergency?

Marinet Special Is ocean acidification — the reduction in the natural alkalinity of the oceans due to the elevated absorption by the oceans of CO2 released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels — having an adverse impact on marine planktonplankton Plankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest […]

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“Ocean Drifters” : The Importance of Plankton – video

We provide here the video titled “Ocean Drifters, a secret world beneath the waves”, a short film about planktonplankton Plankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet most important organisms form that drift in our oceans. They can exist in larger forms of more than 20cm as the larval forms […]

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Ocean Acidification – Revolution World Issue

We provide here the link to the University of California YouTube video, Ocean Acidification — Revolution World Issue, published 3rd March 2014 which explains why ocean acidification, caused by CO2 released into the atmosphere from fossil fuel burning which in turn is absorbed from the atmosphere into the oceans, is causing a life survival crisis […]

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GM research produces plant containing omega-3 fish oils

We publish here an article from the journal Metabolic Engineering Communications, titled “Field trial evaluation of the accumulation of omega-3 long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in transgenic Camelina sativa: Making fish oil substitutes in plants”, published in April 2015.

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IUCN Report on European Red List of Marine Species, June 2015

We reproduce here the IUCN Report on the status of all marine species in European seas and, in particular, those threatened with extinction. The report also considers the management policies necessary to both restore and maintain the health of all marine species in European seas. European Red List of Marine Fishes (4MB pdf file)

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