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Marinet writes to NFFO to question the correctness of their Press Release of 22nd July 2013 that the “North sea is teeming” with fish once more

We provide here the text of a letter from Marinet chair, David Levy, asking the NFFO to clarify the distinction between the NE Atlantic and the North Sea in their claim that fish stocks are once again “teeming”, to clarify whether the NFFO believes that fishing subsidies should now, under the current EU reform process, […]

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Correspondence on Fishing Subsidies with EU President Barroso and his Cabinet

We provide here a series of letters relating to the correspondence with Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and his Cabinet concerning the manner in which fishing subsidies have been granted to the EU fishing fleet and industry from the European Fisheries Fund (EFF). The EFF is currently undergoing reform, to be renamed the […]

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Commissioner Damanaki outlines Fishing Subsidies reform to Marinet

Following Marinet’s letter of 6th May 2013 to Manuel, Barroso, the President of the European Commission, the EU Commissioner for Fisheries has outlined to Marinet how she, Maria Damanaki, believes EU fishing subsidies should be reformed. We provide here a copy of her letter dated 20th June 2013, along with a transcribed version as the photocopy […]

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Marinet informs EU Fisheries Commissioner and Fisheries Ministers of concern over “accountability and transparency” in the disbursement and recording of fishing subsidies

Marinet has written on 20th May 2013 to the EU Fisheries Commissioner, Maria Damanaki, and the Fisheries Ministers of all Member States to inform them of the basis for serious concern about EU fishing subsidies with regard to the way they are being disbursed and accounted for. In this communication, Marinet has also informed the […]

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Marinet writes to the President of the EU Commission asking for accountability and transparency in EU fishing subsidies

We provide here the text of the Marinet letter, dated 6th May 2013, seeking explanations from the President of the European Commission as to why EU fishing subsidies, which total over £1 billion Euros annually and are paid from the European Fisheries Fund, lack proper accounting procedures. This letter has also been sent to the […]

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Technology to assist Fauna Friendly Marine Dredging

We provide here papers supplied to us by Ray Drabble, marine engineer, which explain how technology devised by himself can greatly minimise the by-catch of fish and marine life (and thus their mortality) when attached to suction dredgers used by the offshore marine aggregate industry. These papers are: R Drabble Seabed Organic material relocating apparatus […]

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Objections to Dredging Licence renewal offshore to Great Yarmouth

As you already will well know a notice of an application for renewal of a licence to further dredge off Great Yarmouth was placed in the local newspaper immediately following the massive loss of coastline, dune defences and beaches in April. Needless to say, considerable resistance has arisen in all quarters. Here as samples are […]

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Dredging and the Shoreline Impact

A paper has evolved that predicts the long term effects of offshore dredging on the shoreline based upon realistic modelling rather than the speculative assumptions based on short-term unsound data that we have been exposed to up to now. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has brought our attention the item published in Vol.130, […]

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Dredging Induced Coastal Erosion

Our extract from the European EUROSION Project of 29th October 2005 “…a project contracted by the European Commission to a consortium led by the Dutch National Institute for Coastal and Marine Management (RIKZ) for the period 2002-2004” failed transportation to our new website, and the original paper too from Internet access. As it is still […]

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A new concept for sea defence walls

Much thought has been given over the past twenty years as to the best design for coastal and sea defence walls. Now we have a new concept called ‘The TBLOCK System‘ recently developed by Alan Thompson MIMechE. It consists of a mass concrete structure which interlocks with adjoining TBLOCKs by a cut out down opposite […]

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Marinet has produced a short 3 minute film in connection with its Reform of EU Fishing subsidies campaign

Marinet has produced a short 3 minute film in connection with its Reform of EU Fishing subsidies campaign which explains the severe damage caused by the current Common Fisheries Policy and EU fishing subsidies regime to fish stocks and the marine ecosystem, and how reform of these subsidies can lead to a genuine conservation-based Common […]

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Marinet has launched a Petition calling for fundamental reform of EU Fishing subsidies

Marinet has launched a Petition directed at Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, and all EU Fisheries Ministers calling for fundamental reform of EU Fishing subsidies. Please sign this petition, and forward to others for their signature as well. The Petition address is http://avaaz.org/EUfish Petition text: “We call upon the President of the European […]

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Marinet Petition

EU fishing subsidy payments total over 1 billion Euros annually, and are strongly implicated in the maintenance of over-capacity in the European fishing fleet which, in turn, leads to over-fishing. Over-fishing is not only destroying wild fish stocks – a key food resource – but is also causing severe damage to the marine ecosystem. This […]

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Letter to the President of the European Commission regarding fishing subsidies

EU Fishing Subsidies, valued at over 1 billion Euros annually, are strongly implicated as a principal cause of over-fishing. Yet although these payments (EU tax money) are administered by the European Commission, the auditing system for these payments has been made effectively inoperative since 2007. We provide here a letter (dated, 6th May 2013) and […]

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Krill Fisheries, the Next Collapse?

Peter Waller kindly sent in the following item from Erwin Vermeulen of Sea Shepherd, who wrote the following article on the mass krill harvesting now taking place in the Antarctic Sea, a sure threat to the food chain leading to the elimination of much dependent wildlife. Source: Sea Shepherd     The industrial smoke stacks […]

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Scottish Marine Atlas published

Based on comprehensive scientific evidence made from data and analysis, Scotland’s Marine Atlas was published on 16th March 2011 as ISBN 9870755982547. Copies of the atlas together with a school pack have already been sent to all schools in Scotland. The e-book was made fully available on 27th March 2013 and can be located by […]

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Marinet submission to the Defra public consultation on the delivery of MCZs in English seas, March 2013

We provide below the full text of this submission or download as a PDF.

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Evidence for MCZ designations, February 2013

The UK government is claiming that of the 127 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) currently submitted to the Minister by his statutory advisors for designation only 31 are presently fit for purpose – and that further scientific evidence is still required for the official designation of the remaining 96 recommended MCZ sites.

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New Deep Ocean Exploration Video

We provide here a eighteen minute illustrated talk by Robert Ballard, US Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, about new and forthcoming ocean exploration projects.

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Species of tuna fish to be found in the world’s oceans

We provide here information about the various species of tuna fish to be found in the world’s oceans. This information gives an indication of their commercial importance and whether they are being fished sustainably. Principal information is sourced from Marinelife.about.com and Wikipedia. Tunas are large, powerful fish that are distributed worldwide from tropical to temperate […]

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