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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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