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World’s largest offshore windfarm planned for Moray Firth, meeting 40% of Scotland’s domestic electricity

The world’s biggest offshore windfarm could be built off the northern Scottish coast, after a scheme with enough capacity to power 40% of Scottish households was submitted for planning permission. The £4.5bn complex would have 339 turbines covering 300 square kilometres off Caithness, making it 50% bigger than the giant London Array scheme off Kent. […]

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Evidence that beached whales in Scotland are “in distress” due to seismic testing in North Sea

The website strandednomore.wordpress.com reports 3rd September 2012: “In less than 48 hours 3 mass strandings involved pilot whales and dolphins happened in the US East Coast and in the UK. As usual, whales died, were euthanised, some were rescued and some calves were stashed away for subsequent transfer to the Sea World. The media posted […]

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Unworthy of Worthing

WaterBriefing reports that for 14 hours on Sunday 2nd September many tonnes of untreated sewage was pumped into the sea at Worthing due to a “technical error”. According to Southern Water the pumps had become blocked the previous evening due to a build up of non-biodegradeable waste, so it was pumped to sea in order […]

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Our warming sea

BBC radio 4’s excellent ‘Costing the Earth’ ran a 30-minute programme based on the impact that rising sea temperatures will have and what species we are likely to both gain and lose around our coast. Already we are witnessing a change of planktonPlankton is a generic term for a wide variety of the smallest yet […]

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Loss of Arctic Sea Ice now more than 70%

Paul Buckley via the Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership newsletter, passes on the content of a new study that shows the radical decline of Arctic sea ice is now at least 70% due to human-induced climate change emissions, and could be in fact be as much as 95%. The ice reduction has been accelerating since […]

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UK government gives financial grants to 6 seaside projects

The Department for Communities has announced, 14th August 2012: Six seaside projects that will create vital new jobs and local enterprises are the first to receive Government backing to help their coastal town prosper. The £24 million Coastal Communities Fund was launched earlier this year to provide coastal towns with money to help pay for […]

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EU Commission seeks a way to eliminate deep sea fishing

The European Commission wants to tighten its oversight of deep-sea habitat, proposing yesterday to phase out deep-sea trawling, reduce discards of unwanted fish, and implement scientific quotas for fishing. “If you want to take deep-sea fish, you have to do it in a sustainable manner,” says Oliver Drewes, a commission spokesperson for maritime affairs and […]

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“Rogue fishermen” break Lyme Bay scallop fishing agreement

CMS News reports, 21st August 2012: Within a month of the Blue Marine Foundation signing up local fishermen to support the sustainable management of Lyme Bay and its reefs, four ‘rogue’ fishing boats have been recorded fishing in the closed area. Charles Clover, the instigator of the Blue Marine Foundation initiative, wrote at length in […]

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Pacific Islands create two of the world’s largest marine reserves, calling then “Pacific Oceanscape”

CNN reports, 3rd September 2012, in an article written by Dr. Greg Stone: “Last week, while most of the western world was focused on the approaching presidential election in the United States and a potentially disastrous hurricane making landfall in New Orleans, a group of seemingly small nations gathered on the Island of Rarotonga and […]

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Fishing in European marine reserves to be assessed for adverse impact

Fish2Fork reports, 20th August 2012: Scallop dredgers and trawlers could be forced out of more than 200 protected marine sites in UK waters as a result of a new legal ruling by the government. The new interpretation of EU law on habitats and species, which has been forced on the government by environmental groups, could […]

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Cornish fishing industry looking at improved circumstances and growth

The Newlyn fishing industry is benefiting from a better brand recognition, according to the head of Cornwall’s largest fishing co-operative, after new figures showed the sector expanded in the South West last year. According to a comprehensive report published recently by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), UK fishing boats landed less catch last year, but […]

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The marine wildlife impact from seismic testing

Sea Shepherd on 7th September posted on their website the following item of the devastating and drastic impact that can be brought about to sea mammals right down to planktonPlankton 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 […]

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Easton Bavents erosion homes plan comes under fire

Some considerable discord arose at an extraordinary Parish Council and Reydon District Council meeting with residents when an opportunity was given to people to air their views about a potential housing scheme that could see families in erosion-threatened Easton Bavents moved to nine new properties at Rissmere Lane East, Reydon. The tabled plan claimed to […]

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Protection of Norfolk’s Sheringham reef and seven other Norfolk coastal gems in the balance

From Steve Downes in the EDP of 9th September 2011 under the title ‘Sheringham reef and seven other Norfolk coastal gems could get special protection’ the progress in obtaining the required protection status of Norfolk’s valuable marine sites is in the balance. Whilst Sheringham Reef (Europe’s longest that runs offshore from Sheringham to Mundesley) and […]

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Changing Currents – Increased erosion at Scratby, Norfolk

Between 1984 and 1990, following intensive offshore aggregate dredging, a huge increase in erosion lowered Hemsby Beach to destroy the dune frontage and 98 coastal bungalows. But for the past four years little has disappeared, as the focus then went 2 kilometres to the north at Winterton-on-Sea. Now, 1 -2 Km to the south of […]

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Dredging application at Severn Sands

Crossavon Ltd (Severn Sands) already extract 150,000 tonnes/yr from the Bedwyn, Charston & Dunn Sands, with permit up to 2013. Their current application for a further area and much higher extraction – 400,000 t/yr from North Middlegrounds must be rejected for wildlife reasons. The inner Severn Estuary is an international RAMSARThe Convention on Wetlands is […]

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UK gets final warning over wastewater

The European Commission has just issued the United Kingdom with a final warning due to its failure to apply the demanded regulations on sewage treatment. The European 1991 Urban Waste Water Directive (UWWD) long fought for by MARINET and the North Sea Action Group, demands that all sewerage and wastewater from areas with populations of […]

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