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Animals in the deepest ocean are ingesting waste plastic

Newcastle-upon-Tyne University, Press Release, 14th November 2017: Animals from six of the deepest places on Earth have been found to contain man-made fibres and plastic in their stomachs, scientists have shown. These observations are the deepest possible record of microplastic occurrence and ingestion, indicating it is highly likely there are no marine ecosystems left that […]

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Fisheries monitoring regime for UK vessels post-Brexit is proposed by WWF

WWF News Release, 26th October 2017: WWF has launched a new report which reveals that the UK and devolved governments are not comprehensively monitoring UK fishing activities at sea. A pioneering and far more cost effective alternative — Remote Electronic Monitoring (REM) with cameras and sensors — is available however, that could make the UK […]

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Fukushima: Robots being used to map radioactive debris inside wrecked reactors

The BBC reports, 23rd July 2017: An underwater robot has captured what is believed to be the first images of melted nuclear fuel deposits inside Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, its operator Tepco says. Large amounts of solidified lava-like rocks and lumps in layers were seen underneath its unit three reactor. If confirmed, it would […]

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Hinkley’s dredged radioactive mud to be dumped offshore from Cardiff

The Observer reports, 15th October 2017: More than 300,000 tonnes of “radioactive” mud, some of it the toxic by-product of Britain’s atomic weapons programme, will be dredged to make way for England’s newest nuclear power station and dumped in the Severn estuary just over a mile from Cardiff. Politicians in Wales have denounced the move, […]

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Petition to Welsh Assembly to stop dumping of Hinkley radioactive waste

A Petition organised by Tim Deere-Jones, Environmental pollution consultant, is requesting the Welsh Assembly to urge the Welsh Government to suspend the licence it has granted for the dumping of dredged radioactive waste from Hinkley Point nuclear power station into Welsh inshore coastal waters. The background briefing for the Petition reads: We call on the […]

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Kelp farming being explored in research project off Cape Cod, USA

The Cape Cod Times reports, 9th October 2017: The marine farm of the future could look like this: offshore fields of kelp growing on a latticework of line 8 feet below the waves, each section tethered by a single line to an anchor hundreds of feet below. The farmer only has to go out to […]

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Pacific Remote Islands MPA under threat

Sciencemag.org reports, 21st September 2017: Marine scientists are warning that if the Trump administration rescinds fishing protections around eight Pacific islands, the United States will lose one of its best laboratories for measuring how a warming climate affects marine life. A proposal from Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, leaked to The Washington Post, argues […]

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Uncertainty still hangs over Welsh tidal lagoon projects

Daily Telegraph Business reports, 9th September 2017: An £8bn plan to build Britain’s first full-scale tidal lagoon power project in Cardiff is moving ahead even as government approval for the controversial technology hangs in the balance.                                                                                […]

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Offshore wind moving centre stage in UK energy policy

Daily Telegraph Business reports, 9th September 2017: Offshore wind power is expected to emerge as a major post-Brexit success for the UK economy as technology costs plummet and the weaker pound accelerates the burgeoning industry’s export potential. The renewable energy technology is likely to be the major winner in the Government’s renewable support auction, which […]

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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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