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Marinet provides the EU Commission with advice on the principles which should govern its review of MSFD Descriptor 3

We provide here a copy of the letter, dated 26th September 2014, which Marinet has sent to the EU Commission concerning the need for a “strong definition” of MSFD Descriptor 3 which governs commercial fish and shellfish stocks.

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Marinet provides ICES with full advice regarding the principles to be observed in the review of MSFD Descriptor 3

We provide here a copy of the letter, dated 13th September 2014, which Marinet sent to ICES in order to inform ICES of the scientific reasoning and need for a strong working definition of Descriptor 3 of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Descriptor 3 defines of “good environmental status” for commercial fish and shellfish stocks”.

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Marinet provides ICES with initial advice on the principles which need to be observed in the review of MSFD Descriptor 3

We provide here a copy of the advice, dated 29th August 2014, rendered by Marinet to ICES in connection with the workshop ICES ran on 4/5th September 2014 in response to a request from the EU Commission to ICES for advice concerning a review of the wording and working definition of MSFD Descriptor 3 which […]

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EU Commission informs Marinet of a “review” of MSFD Descriptors

We provide here a copy of the advice, dated 26th August 2014, supplied to Marinet by the EU Commission concerning its review of MSFD “good environmental status” Descriptors, and Descriptor 3 in particular which relates to commercial fish and shellfish stocks.

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Marinet paper to OSPAR, 12th September 2014, on Descriptor 3 (commercial fish and shellfish stocks) of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive

We provide here a copy of the Marinet Agenda Paper present to the OSPAROSPAR Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. ICG-MSFD meeting in London on 12th September 2014 which presents the case against moves to debase Descriptor […]

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Pew Trust’s preliminary comments on “EU fishing opportunities 2015”

We provide here the full text of The Pew Charitable Trust’s “Preliminary Reaction to Commission’s Communication Concerning a Consultation on Fishing Opportunities for 2015 July 1st 2014.”

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Seal of Approval for Windfarms

Since their construction, the eighty-eight wind turbines of Sheringham Shoalshoal A sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow windfarm off the North Norfolk Coast have come under fire from critics, some of them claiming that their views from Blakeney Point have been spoilt and others that they would inhibit the fishing and wildlife of […]

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Sea Shepherd’s Capt. Paul Watson’s 7th July 2014 statement on whaling in the Faroe Islands

7th July, 2014 Note to All the Pro-Whale Murdering Sea Shepherd Haters in the Faroe Islands Commentary by Sea Shepherd Founder Captain Paul Watson Sea Shepherd is dedicated to eradicating the obscenity of whaling worldwide We don’t care what you call us, or what you think of us. All your name calling, lies, accusations and […]

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Bathing Water Results for 2013/2014

DEFRA’s Bathing Water Newsletter of June 2014 contains the Bathing water results of 2013, the findings for 2014, the European Commission Bathing Water Report of 2013 plus information about the implementation of the revised Bathing Water Directive. These can be seen on-line by going to: www.gov.uk/government/publications/bathing-waters-in-england-2013-compliance-report www.gov.uk/government/publications/bathing-waters-2013-projected-classifications-in-england http://www.eea.europa.eu/themes/water/status-and-monitoring/state-of-bathing-water/state/state-of-bathing-water and www.gov.uk/government/collections/bathing-waters

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Marine Implications of MAGNOX FED dissolution, June 2014

We provide here a copy of a paper, titled Marine Implications of MAGNOX FED dissolution, prepared for Marinet by marine pollution consultant, Tim Deere-Jones, dated June 2014. This paper reports on the nature of the new process designed to manage “fuel element debris” (FED) at the Magnox nuclear power stations at Dungeness (Kent), Bradwell (Essex) […]

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House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s 21st June 2014 report

We provide here the full text of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee’s 21st June 2014 report “Marine protected areas.” This Report is an important reference document, and contains electronic links to all the submissions and evidence submitted by interested parties to the Committee during the evidence sessions, both in person and by written […]

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Marinet Press Release 21st June 2014 – Importance of Co-Location

We provide here the text of the Marinet Press Release, dated 21st June 2014, about the importance of “co-location” and how it can be effectively delivered.

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BBC documentary on British whaling history

The BBC has produced, June 2014, a television documentary about Britain’s whaling history. It is supported by a number of short video films on its website. These are: “Whale products and whaling in the 18th and 19th Century”. Click here “Ships of the British whaling fleet in Antarctica”. Click here “Arrival at South Georgia” — […]

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Community participation in the SMP

An interesting treatise on community participation in adapting to the Shoreline Management Plan has been written by Chris Blunkell headed “Adapting to a changing coast” and subtitled ‘Informed, engaged and empowered? A thicker description of community participation in the setting of coastal policy in England and Wales‘. Chris summarised his research paper with “In 2007 […]

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How to Farm a Better Fish

We provide here a copy of the June 2014 National Geographic article on fish farming, titled “How to Farm a Better Fish”. This article looks at the issues surrounding fish farming, and possible developments which could make the industry environmentally sustainable.

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Even more Marine Aggregate Dredging!

Despite the numerous protests made by Great Yarmouth Borough Council, the Parish Councils, MP Brandon Lewis, MARINET and the many individuals who responded opposing the application MLA/2013/00417 that was placed on Friday 1st. November 2013, seeking a licence to permit Volker Dredging to remove a further 22,500,000 tonnes of aggregate over the next 15 years […]

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Letter to Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons 24th April 2014 and additional NGO correspondence of 30th April 2014

We provide here the correspondence which follows up Marinet’s correspondence of 5th April 2014 with the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee. Specifically: Reply, dated 22nd April 2014, received from the Environmental Audit Committee. Further reply from Marinet, dated 24th April 2014, to the Environmental Audit Committee. This consists of: a: A covering letter from […]

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Beach losses threat to Norfolk’s little tern colonies

The Norfolk Coast has long been a return haven every April for nesting Little Terns, with colonies at Great Yarmouth North Dunes and Winterton on the East Coast and at Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the North. These tiny terns are one of the UK’s rarest seabirds, so are protected by RSPB Wardens from disturbance […]

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Do it yourself dune defences

Recognising that Hemsby is far from alone in losing their dune protection, here’s some information that may assist others similarly threatened by the loss of both their defences and government reluctance help maintain or to provide for them. There’s an excellent treatise on the role of marram dune to be seen at http://www.snh.org.uk/publications/on-line/heritagemanagement/erosion/appendix_1.2.shtml and there’s […]

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Hemsby group dig for defences and funding to protect the coast

Undefeated by the government SMP declining to provide vital defences, the people of Hemsby and colleagues are doing all they can from their own resources to keep the sea from taking more homes. Over the May Bank Holiday period the Save our Hemsby Coastline group (SHC) and Green Party members, armed with shovels and collection […]

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