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Marine Reserves: “protected should mean truly protected”, says marine scientist

National Geographic reports, 13th June 2017: New analysis of previous studies shows that biomassThe amount of living matter. This is therefore a different measure to numbers of organisms. So, for example, there is much more biomass in 1 elephant than there is in 1000 fleas and there may be more biomass in 100 large cod […]

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Tension between Scottish inshore trawlermen and creel fishermen comes to the surface

BBC News (Scotland) reports, 14th June 2017: Creel fishermen are calling for a massive change in the way west coast of Scotland fisheries are managed. Their industry body has put a case to the Scottish government for trawlers to be banned from inshore waters. They have also asked that the trawlers’ allocation of prawns be […]

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New archaeological surveys being conducted on Goodwin Sands, Kent

A south-western strip of the southern half of the Goodwin Sands, offshore from Dover and Deal, is the subject of an application to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) by the Dover Harbour Board to dredge 3.75 million tonnes of sand to use as infill material in a reconstruction project for the Port of Dover. The […]

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Scottish government accused of colluding to conceal pesticide pollution from fish farms

The Sunday Herald (Scotland) reports, 5th June 2017: The Scottish Government has allowed a US drug company to secretly rubbish a scientific study blaming one of its pesticides for killing wildlife in Scottish sea lochs. The Sunday Herald has uncovered that the £76 billion New Jersey multinational, Merck, hired reviewers to criticise evidence in a […]

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Nine of world’s largest fishing companies sign agreement to fish sustainably

The Guardian reports, 9th June 2017: Nine of the world’s biggest fishing companies have signed up to protect the world’s oceans, pledging to help stamp out illegal activities, including the use of slave labour, and prevent over-fishing. The initiative is part of the UN Ocean Conference in New York, the first conference of its kind […]

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C.O.A.S.T. offers a UK election marine agenda which the politicians largely failed to debate

 The Community of Arran Seabed Trust asks in its June Newsletter: Do our politicians care about coastal communities and healthy seas? Time to embrace sustainable alternatives: Little has been said during the election about one of the biggest issues facing coastal communities — the health of the marine environment. Ironically, only Donald Trump has succeeded in putting […]

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Pelamis Wave Power: Company insolvent, but technology continues

Furnacecompare.com reports, 2nd June 2017: Pelamis Wave Power (Pelamis) was the first company to produce electricity on a commercial scale by harnessing the power of ocean waves. The Scottish company was established in 1998 and designed the technology used in several off-shore wave energy production projects. However, Pelamis closed its doors in 2014 due to […]

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Whitsand Bay campaigners win decision against Rame Head sea dumping site

The Plymouth Herald reports, 6th March 2017: Campaigners have won an unprecedented victory to stop dredgers dumping silt next to a marine beauty spot. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has announced that dumping will no longer be allowed off Rame Head, in Whitsand Bay. Instead, the agency has designated a new disposal site in deeper […]

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Env. Agency announces permit approval for Bradwell (Essex) FED discharges

The Environment Agency for England and Wales announced, 14th March 2017, a decision to grant a new series of Permits to Magnox Limited’s Bradwell nuclear power station (decommissioned) to discharge nitrates, heavy metals and radionuclides into the Blackwater Estuary MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone/SPASpecial Protection Areas (SPAsSpecial Protection Areas (SPAs) are strictly protected sites classified […]

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Oceana reports on over-fishing in UK and Irish Seas, and the lost opportunity

Oceana Press Release, 29th May 2017: An overhaul of current fisheries management could result in 87% more fish being caught in the Atlantic waters around the UK, Ireland and the north-west of France if governments stop overfishing, marine conservation organisation Oceana has announced. According to a scientific study on the status and potential of fish […]

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Ocean Cleanup Project says engineering advances for plastic recovery will be tested in 2017

The Ocean Cleanup Project, Netherlands, stated in press releases dated 3rd and 11th May 2017:  The Ocean Cleanup, the Dutch foundation developing advanced technologies to rid the oceans of plastic, has announced it will start extracting plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch within the next 12 months. The Ocean Cleanup has further announced that […]

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Plastic waste in the oceans will equal the amount of fish, by weight, by 2050

The Daily Telegraph reports, 18th May 2017: Plastic in the world’s oceans is a ‘growing ecological and human disaster’ which needs an urgent solution, the Prince of Wales said last night, as he launched a prize to find ways to tackle the crisis. The Prince of Wales’ said plastic had ‘altered the course of human […]

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Worldwide petition to tackle plastic pollution of the oceans

The petition organisation, Avaaz, has announced May 2017 that it is running a worldwide petition to the United Nations to try to secure universal action to substantially reduce plastic pollution of the oceans. 100 MILLION plastic bottles are thrown away every day, choking our oceans in plastic waste. Governments meet in days to outline clean […]

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World’s largest wind turbine installed in Liverpool Bay and goes online

The Guardian reports, 17th May 2017: The planet’s biggest and most powerful wind turbines have begun generating electricity off the Liverpool coast, cementing Britain’s reputation as a world leader in the technology. Danish company Dong Energy has just finished installing 32 turbines in Liverpool Bay that are taller than the Gherkin skyscraper, with blades longer […]

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EU Member nations likely to want access to UK fishing grounds after Brexit

The Guardian reports, 18th April 2017: The British government’s plan to “take back control” of its waters after leaving the EU is about to be challenged by a claim from Denmark that its fishermen have a historical right to access to the seas around Britain dating back to the 1400s. Officials in Copenhagen have mined […]

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NEF reports that still only half the fish the EU eats comes from EU stocks

The New Economics Foundation reports, March 2017: Despite recent gains in terms of fish stock recovery, a number of European Union (EU) fish stocks remain over-fished, which means they produce less than if they were harvested at their maximum sustainable yield (MSY). Simultaneously, fish consumption throughout Europe remains high (22.5kg per capita, per year). The […]

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Parliament concerned by UK Government’s handling of MCZs and MPAs

The House of Commons’ Environmental Audit Committee published its report Marine Protected Areas Revisited on 25th April 2017, advising that: The Marine Protected Areas Revisited report has found Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are not being effectively managed, and the Government needs to do more to protect vulnerable marine habitats, features and species once a site […]

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NEF reports EU still fishing at levels beyond scientific advice

The New Economics Foundation reports, April 2017 : Fisheries ministers risk damaging our natural resources beyond repair by consistently setting fishing limits above scientific advice. This is our third year running of a series of briefings to identify which member states are standing in the way of more fish, more profits, and more jobs for […]

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Can “deposits” on plastic bottles clean the oceans of plastic pollution?

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) have launched a campaign and petition to require deposits to be charged on plastic bottles and metal cans, thus providing a financial system and incentive to convert them into returnable items. Known as the “Deposit Return Scheme”, SAS explain the campaign: “A small deposit of between 10–20p is added to the […]

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Large number of salmon escape from Scottish fish farm

The Daily Record (Scotland) reports 10th April 2017: Thousands of Atlantic salmon escaped from a farm in one of the biggest breaches the industry has seen. Around 20,000 fish got out of the farm run by Scottish Sea Farms at Bloody Bay on the Isle of Mull. And 1,300 wrasse — used at the site […]

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