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Goodwin Sands : Marinet takes legal action to protect “war graves”

BBC News reports, 10th March 2017 : Campaigners opposing plans to dredge a sandbank off the Kent coast have begun legal action to protect what they describe as “war graves”. Marinet wants to stop Dover Harbour Board (DHB) dredging up to four million tonnes of sand from Goodwin Sands for use in construction at the […]

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Goodwin Sands, Kent, are a “collective war grave” for crashed WWII pilots, say campaigners

Campaigners, from Goodwin Sands SOS, Deal, are seeking to persuade Historic England to designate the Goodwin Sands, which lie in the English Channel 6 miles offshore from the Kent coast, as a “Protected Place”. The Goodwins are the final resting place of those pilots of all nationalities who lost their lives when their planes crashed […]

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MMO allows aggregate dredging in Kingmere MCZ, and Marinet questions the decision

In a letter dated 14th November 2016, the MMO has written to inform Marinet of its decision to approve the dredging for aggregate — sand and gravel — from the seabed in the Kingmere Marine Conservation Zone (MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone), off the West Sussex coast. The Kingmere MCZMarine Conservation ZoneMarine Conservation Zone hosts […]

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BBC Earth reports on dredging risk to Goodwin Sands rMCZ

BBC Earth reports, 21st November 2016: A serene sandbank off the Kentish coast is the hidden home of more than 1,000 sunken ships . . . . and a war grave. Six miles off the coast of Deal in East Kent, England, seal pups frolic on the ever-changing, intricately-patterned sands that are exposed at low […]

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Will the MMO declare the Goodwin Sands rMCZ a WWII War Grave?

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is conducting a second stage in its public consultation over the Dover Harbour Board’s application to dredge 2.5 million cubic metres of sand from the southern section of the Goodwin Sands for use as infill material in the reconstruction of the western dock at the Port of Dover. This application […]

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Concern grows over aggregate dredging violating Goodwin Sands war graves

The online History site, PipeLine, reports 17th September 2016: As Battle of Britain Day on 15th September passes, marking another year further away from the iconic 1940 air battle, thePipeLine highlights concerns that the Port of Dover’s proposals for a major dredging project on the Goodwin Sands, could place the final resting place of missing […]

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Goodwin Sands rMCZ campaign against aggregate dredging receives huge public support

On 20th July 2016 when the Marine Management Organisation’s (MMO) public consultation closed in respect of the Dover Harbour Board’s application to dredge 2.5 million m3 from the South Goodwin Sands the petition being run by Save Our Sands had reached over 9,000 signatures. The petition is still open. The Dover Harbour Board (DHB) application […]

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Campaign to halt marine aggregate dredging in Danish seas

Oceana reports, 22nd June 2016: Sand dredging in the Sound [between Denmark and Sweden] causes serious damage to the ocean floor and marine life, in areas that are key for commercial species such as cod and plaice. These are among the main findings of reports presented yesterday at the Danish Nature Agency on the environmental […]

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Campaign group “Goodwin Sands SOS” launches petition to stop its dredging by Port of Dover

The Port of Dover is expected to lodge an application imminently with the Marine Management Organisation in order to seek permission to dredge the Goodwin Sands, scheduled for future designation as a Marine Conservation Zone, in order to obtain sand for the Port’s development. The campaign group Goodwin Sands SOS is challenging the Port’s right […]

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Aggregate Companies seek licence from MMO to dredge Kingmere MCZ

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has just completed a public consultation with statutory consultees, environmental organisations and the public over an application by Cemex UK and Tarmac Marine for a licence to dredge two seabed sites, Area 453 and 488, for sand and gravel. Both of these sites, amounting to 4.68km2, are located in the […]

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‘Marinet Special’ on Alternative Aggregate to Marine Sand : Interim Progress Report

In September 2015 Marinet published its Report Marine Aggregate Extraction — The Need to Dredge : Fact or Fiction? This Report is based on work undertaken by a Marinet Member, Kayasand, which features the substitute sand manufacturing process developed by Kemco, Japan, and validated for use in this country via a study by Cardiff University […]

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New Marinet publication shows using marine sand for aggregate is “unnecessary and obsolete”

Marinet has published, September 2015, a paper titled Marine Aggregate Extraction — The Need to Dredge : Fact or Fiction? This publication is linked to Marinet’s ongoing work to secure the end to offshore dredging for marine sand and gravel (aggregate for the building industry), and to replace these virgin raw materials with recycled ones. David […]

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Dredging ban for South Arran MPA

C.O.A.S.T. (Community of Arran Seabed Trust) reports June 2015: In a broadly welcome statement Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, announced yesterday that a Marine Conservation Order (MCO) will be put before parliament this week setting out conservation measures including banning the highly destructive practice of scallop dredging within the South […]

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Ulster legal action over “illegal sand extraction” from Lough Neagh

The Mid Ulster Mail reports, 20th May 2015: Despite a warning from DoE that they are in breach of planning control, companies “illegally extracting” sand from Lough Neagh have carried on. And because Environment Minister, Mark H Durkan, “has failed to stop them” the Green Party has served notice on his department under the Environmental […]

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Explaining erosion in simple terms

A letter recently appeared in the weekly Great Yarmouth Mercury from reader B. J. Rudd, who demonstrated an acute and perceptive understanding of the mechanism as to why the sand is being lost from our beaches. His ‘theory’ is in fact just what’s happening, but not dressed up in the complex terminology of coastal geomorphology […]

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Dredging and Coral Reef smothering

Divers near the bay by the Port of Miami have reported that large numbers of corals are either dead or dying, suffocated by the sediment created by a $205 million dredging project intended to expand a shipping channel to make room for a new generation of supersize cargo ships. Back in 2013 US federal agencies […]

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A third of future mineral production could come from beneath the oceans

The Independent reports, 27th February 2015: “The world’s oceans are poised for a seabed mining frenzy amid a “marine industrial revolution” that threatens to destroy habitats and wipe out species, an expert has warned. “Some industry estimates claim as much as a third of future mineral production could come from beneath the oceans. “More than […]

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MMO explains its position over MOD dumping in Whitsand Bay

In a Press Release dated 13th February 2015 the Marine Management Organisation states: “The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has provided an update on proposed changes to dredging and disposal activities on behalf of Her Majesty’s Naval Base (HMNB) Devonport. “The MMO has held negotiations with representatives of the ‘Stop Dumping in Whitsand Bay’ campaign group […]

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Show you care about our seas enough to ask for more democracy in UK marine licensing

Marine Licensing is the process for getting planning permission to dig, dump or build something at sea. However, communities currently have no rights to challenge the regulator’s decisions. If you want more protection for our seas, please reply to an important Department of Environment (DEFRA) consultation, before the deadline of 25th February 2015. Unusually, DEFRA […]

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Whitsand Bay (Cornwall) toxic dumping permit unlawful

BBC Online News reports, 21st January 2015: ”A coastal waters protection agency (MMO) unlawfully issued a licence for dumping thousands of tonnes of silt off Cornwall. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has agreed to quash the licence and admitted it was “made unlawfully”. Papers filed at the High Court said there were “inadequacies” in the […]

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