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Petition of ¼ million signatures for Plastic returnable bottle deposit scheme hits Downing Street

Surfers Against Sewage report, 14th September 2017: “This week we were thrilled to lead a delegation of cross-party MPs and charities to submit our Message In A Bottle petition, the UK’s largest petition — 267,554 signatures — calling for a deposit return system with more than quarter of a million signatures, to the Prime Minister. We […]

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Disturbing news from salmon fish farms in British Columbia, Canada

DeSmogCanada reports, 23rd August 2017: Disturbing New Footage Shows Diseased, Deformed Salmon in B.C. Fish Farms. Marinet Note: Before reading this story, we recommend you view first this 3 minute video made in connection with the story — click the Facebook link here. New footage released to DeSmog Canada shows deformed and disfigured salmon at […]

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Gulf of Mexico : Largest “dead zone” ever recorded this year

www.gizmodo.co.uk reports, 5th August 2017: Measuring 8,776 square miles, this year’s dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest ever recorded. A recent expedition to the Gulf of Mexico has yielded the largest “dead zone” ever recorded in the area. Measuring 8,776 square miles, this massive patch of oxygen depleted water is wreaking […]

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Salmon becomes the first genetically engineered animal to enter the food supply

The Guardian reports, 9th August 2017: Canadian supermarkets have become the first in the world to stock genetically modified fish, and about five tonnes of GM salmon have been sold in the country in recent months. The sales figure was revealed in the most recent earnings report of the US-based AquaBounty Technologies, whose hybrid Atlantic […]

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Marine energy takes a step forward in Wales

Marine Energy Wales reports 7th August 2017: Marine Energy Wales are delighted to announce that they have received funding from the Coastal Communities Fund for their Marine Energy Test Area (META) project. The project aims to create pre-consented testing areas in the Milford Haven Waterway for technology developers to deploy non-grid connected devices, test components […]

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Tritium contaminated water from Fukushima to be dumped in Pacific Ocean

The Independent reports, 15th July 2017: Water tainted with tritium, a radioactive form of hydrogen, is to be released into the Pacific Ocean, says the head of the company responsible for the Fukushima clean-up operation. There are around 580 of barrels containing the radioactive water which was used to cool the nuclear plant’s damaged reactors. […]

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Sea beds take years to recover from bottom trawling, say scientists

Nature.com reports 20th July 2017: Trawling the bottom of the ocean can strip up to 41% of invertebrate life from the sea bed, and ocean floors can take more than six years to recover. Globally, around one-quarter of wild-caught seafood comes from bottom trawling, but the impact of this type of fishing has been unclear. […]

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Microplastics in fish need to be monitored, say scientists

The Independent reports, 27th July 2017: Plastic micro-particles are getting into the flesh of fish eaten by humans, according to a new study. A team of scientists from Malaysia and France discovered a total of 36 tiny pieces of plastic in the bodies of 120 mackerel, anchovies, mullets and croakers. They warned that as plastic […]

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UK to re-establish exclusive control over fisheries out to 12 nautical miles

Dept. for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) reports 2nd July 2017: The United Kingdom will take an historic step towards delivering a fairer deal for the UK fishing industry by triggering the withdrawal from an arrangement that has allowed foreign countries access to UK waters, Environment Secretary Michael Gove has confirmed. As part of […]

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UN lays groundwork for an Ocean Treaty

The High Seas Alliance, an alliance of 32 NGOs and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), reports 21st July 2017: “States meeting at the United Nations in New York today took an important step towards launching negotiations for a new treaty to protect the biodiversityBiological diversity in an environment as indicated by […]

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Marinet summarises Archaeological Record for Goodwin Sands ahead of magnetometer report

Marinet has written to Historic England, the Marine Management Organisation and the Dover Harbour Board’s consultants, 8th July 2017, ahead of publication of the results of the magnetometer survey of the proposed dredge site (Area 521) in South Goodwin Sands. This magnetometer survey (which detects ferrous objects to approximately 2 metres depth of sand) has […]

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Devon Wildlife Trust wants strong controls on Wrasse being captured by salmon farming industry

The Devon Wildlife Trust reports, 26th June 2017: Devon Wildlife Trust is calling for the immediate ban on live capture of all wrasse species in the South West from within Marine Protected Areas. Wrasse are being captured live from our coastline in very high numbers and transported to Scotland where they are used to control […]

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Devon Wildlife Trust launches Wrasse petition, and says new measures are not enough

The Devon Wildlife Trust reports, 14th July 2017: Following our wrasse campaign, new measures have been announced by authorities this week. But DWT believes they do not go far enough to ensure prevention of damage to our Marine Protected Areas. In June, DWT raised the alarm when we heard that a wrasse fishery had begun […]

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Bradwell decides against further FED discharges into the Blackwater Estuary MCZ

The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority announced 21st June 2017: “The site of the former Bradwell nuclear power station [Blackwater estuary, Essex] has now successfully dealt with all of its Fuel Element Debris (FED) waste mdash; a major source of intermediate level radioactive waste at the Essex site.   “This is an important step towards the site’s planned closure, […]

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World’s first floating offshore windfarm about to be constructed off NE Scotland

The Guardian reports, 27th June 2017: The world’s first floating windfarm has taken to the seas in a sign that a technology once confined to research and development drawing boards is finally ready to unlock expanses of ocean for generating renewable power. After two turbines were floated this week, five now bob gently in the […]

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Dutch trawler fined £168,000 for 13 fishing offences

The Marine Management Organisation reports, 13th June 2017: On 7th June 2017 Kafish B.V. a Dutch company which owns the UK registered trawler Margriet LT36 and its master, Dutch national Peter Kuyt, pleaded guilty to 13 breaches of the Sea Fish (Conservation) Act 1967 and the Fisheries Act 1981 at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court. The […]

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Worldwide coral “bleaching event” eases, until ocean temperatures trigger one again

The Guardian reports, 20th June 2017: The worst coral bleaching event in recorded history, which has hit every major coral region on Earth since 2014, appears to be coming to an end, with scientists now worrying how long reefs will have to recover before it happens again. After analysing satellite and model data, and finding […]

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Is Cod returning to Newfoundland, Canada?

The National Post reports, 23rd March 2017: There’s a huge biological change happening on the banks that extend off Newfoundland and Labrador’s north-eastern coast. The northern cod are coming back. And they’re eating the shrimp that had taken over their home range off the northern Grand Banks of the Labrador Coast.     The return […]

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The survival of the Wadden Sea, Netherlands, is in question

The Guardian reports, 16th June 2017: The world’s largest unbroken intertidal system of sand and mud flats could sink beneath the waves by the end of the century due to sea level rise and subsidence caused by gas drills. The Unesco world heritage site at the Wadden Sea on the Dutch coast stretches over 10,000 […]

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Humpback whales return to Hudson River estuary, New York

SFGATE.com reports, 9th June 2017: Large numbers of humpback whales have returned to New York City for the first time in a century. For the first time in 100 years, sizeable numbers of humpback whales are being spotted in the waters off NYC, and it’s thanks to years of environmental clean-up efforts, Popular Science reports. […]

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