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Regional Campaigns

This section lists the Local Groups who are members of Marinet and gives details of their campaigns and issues of local importance.

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New EU Bathing Water Directive

We provide here the full text of the new EU Bathing Water Directive, 2006/7/EC, concerning the management of bathing water quality in the UK and which repeals the old (existing) Directive, 76/160/EEC. The old Directive is not actually repealed until 31st December 2014. However the UK is currently employing the standards of the new Directive […]

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Despite what EU Fisheries Ministers may say, CFP reform is failing

The reality is that EU fish stocks can now only meet the EU’s requirements for fish for six months of the year due to depleted stocks and over-fishing, and the reform process has failed to recognise that a cardinal principle of CFP reform must the restoration of “food security” – namely, the ability to meet our need for fish for all twelve months of the year, and to do so year after year.

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Serious Shortcomings in the Definition of MFSD Descriptor 3 : MARINET Statement, October 2012

MARINET has informed the OSPAR Committee considering how best to define the “good environmental status” Descriptors of the EU’s Marine Strategy Framework Directive that the definition being advanced for commercial fish and shellfish stocks has serious shortcomings and that they must be urgently addressed.

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Victory at last for sewage pollution campaigners at Whitburn, Sunderland

A historic, long fought for victory has been achieved by Bob Latimer and his supporters with respect to the illegality of sewage discharges to sea at Whitburn, Sunderland.

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Establishment of Fish Stock Recovery Areas

A report recommending that “fish stock recovery areas” covering between 10-20% of territorial seas of EU Member States be established.

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Aggregate Dredging and The Crown Estate — facts and figures

The Crown Estate published a report on 7th November revealing the levels of aggregate dredged from the seabed and the revenue resulting from this.

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An Illustrated Guide to UK Marine Animals

An in-depth illustrated guide to the various types of marine animals to be found in British seas.

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Renewable Energy World International

We provide here the text of an article published by Renewable Energy World International, 30th August 2012, which provides a thorough review of the main companies now developing marine renewable energy technologies in UK seas. Both the range of technologies and their potential are considerable.

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Impacts of Trailer Suction Dredgers on Fish Stocks and its Implications

Evidence dismissed that there is a huge level of fish uptake during the aggregate dredging process.

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The London Array: the world’s largest offshore wind farm

As Britain strives to meet European renewable energy targets, the world’s largest offshore wind farm is rising from the waves off the coasts of Kent and Essex.
article in The Daily Telegraph Saturday Magazine, 28th July 2012, author Edward Platt, which reports on the near completion of the London Array offshore windfarm, the world’s largest, and the current condition of the UK offshore wind energy industry.

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MARINET responds to attack from Marine Aggregate Industry

Ray Drabble, an independent marine scientist member of the Marine Conservation Society claiming no copyright, has invited MARINET to place his thesis on our website, as it shows the huge level of fish uptake during the dredging process (termed ‘entrainment’). His work conclusively proves that The East Channel Association of dredging companies should be evaluating his hypothesis and detailed research in their ECA studies, but up to now they appear to be dismissing the evidence and ignoring him.

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Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Central to the full implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) — and the genuine reform of the Common Fisheries Policy is the scientific definition of Descriptor 3 which addresses what “good environmental status” means for commercial fish and shellfish populations. MARINET has serious concerns that the scientific definition being prepared by the […]

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Coastal Defence Money unused

Millions of pounds of Government funding which was intended to protect vulnerable communities from coastal erosion is gathering interest in council bank accounts nearly three years after being awarded.

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Is Thorium as a fuel “a silver bullet for the nuclear industry”?

We provide here the text of an article by Oliver Tickell, Thorium: Not ‘green’, not ‘viable’, and not likely, which explains the both the advantages and disadvantages of using Thorium as the raw material for nuclear fuel. The article concludes that Thorium is not a viable alternative to conventional Uranium/Plutonium based fuels.

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Radiation Basics

We provide here an article written by the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), Washington DC, USA, which explains in simple terms what ionising radiation actually is, and its likely health effects. This article, along with many others, may also be viewed at the NIRS website

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Defra MSFD Consultation Submission

Marinet’s submission to the UK government under its public consultation (June 2012) on the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

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“The Sounding of the Whale” — Book Review

The Sounding of the Whale is a remarkable book, an astounding piece of research that presents subtle, original arguments in a stylish and readable (if sometimes mannered) prose. Burnett’s subject is the development of whale science in the 20th century, which takes in the work of zoologists, palaeontologists, biological oceanographers, ecologists, neurologists and mathematicians, among others. The individual scientists are brought to life and their work is beautifully contextualised. Burnett shows us the many ties that bound whale scientists, disastrously, to the whaling industry. He also does a wonderful job of placing the science of cetology in its institutional settings, both academic and political.

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Briefing on Maximum Sustainable Yield

We provide here a discussion on the definition and meaning of “Maximum Sustainable Yield” [MSY] both within the context of the EU Common Fisheries Policy and fisheries management in general. This discussion reports on a Briefing on this subject by OCEAN2012, and provides the evidence and argument advanced by MARINET for a more practical, as opposed to scientific, definition and usage of this key fisheries management tool. Unless this more practical definition is employed, MARINET believes that neither food security nor genuinely restored fish populations can be achieved in EU seas.

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MARINET’s video on The Impact of Offshore Aggregate Dredging – Part 1

MARINET’s 24 minute video presentation on Marine Aggregate Dredging providing a balanced view from all stakeholders, can be seen by clicking below. Although some of content is now several years old, the points of view remain topical. It is presented in three parts which may be played sequentially or individually.

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