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The Global Oceans Commission has a Petition addressed to the UN

The Global Ocean Commission is seeking protection under law via the United Nations Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) for greater protection of the planet’s high seas (the area of the oceans’ beyond supervision by individual countries). The United Nations is due to commence at the end of the September a review of the law (UNCLOS) […]

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Australian Great Barrier Reef may not be subjected to new port’s spoil dumping

The Guardian reports, 6th September 2014: “The deputy premier of Queensland, Jeff Seeney, will put a plan to state cabinet that would reverse the decision to dump sediment from the Abbot Point coal port development on the Great Barrier Reef, disposing of it on land instead, according to a report. Seeney told the Weekend Australian […]

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Global Oceans Commission launches petition in support of its Report

A Global Ocean Commission press release, 3rd July 2014, states: “A week ago the Global Ocean Commission released its report and proposals for restoring ocean health. If you have not seen the report you can see it here. “As part of the Global Ocean Commission’s commitment to breathe life into its proposals it has started […]

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Government lethargy in protecting the sea off Cromer

The plan to create 127 Marine Conservation Zones around the UK was launched four years ago, yet the green light has not yet been given to designate a single zone in either Norfolk or Suffolk, although it is claimed that the Cromer shoalA sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow chalk beds are currently […]

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Marinet asks: Does “co-location” feature in anyone’s thinking for effective MCZ delivery?

Marinet observes that co-location — where marine reserves exist in conjunction with other licensed uses of the sea — appears to have been forgotten or ignored by nearly all conservation practitioners in the delivery of the UK marine conservation (MCZ) network. Marinet believes this is an extraordinary situation because co-location, with marine reserves established in […]

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Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee publishes English MCZ report

The House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) published on 21st June 2014 a report of its investigation into the delivery of marine conservation zones (MCZs) to date in English seas by the UK Government. The summary of the EAC report reads: “In November 2013 the Government designated 27 Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs)   well […]

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English MCZ network “is worse than useless”

Callum Roberts, Professor of Marine Conservation at The University of York, writes in The Guardian 17th July 2014: “0.000001 – one hundred thousandth — is a number so small that to most people it seems like nothing at all. Yet four and a half years since the Marine Act of 2009 came into force — […]

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US to create huge central Pacific marine reserve

The Washington Post, 17th June 2014, reports: “ President Obama has announced his intent to make a broad swath of the central Pacific Ocean off-limits to fishing, energy exploration and other activities. The proposal, slated to go into effect later this year after a comment period, could create the world’s largest marine sanctuary and double […]

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WWF urges OSPAR to take action to ensure effective protection of NE Atlantic high seas MPAs

In a Press Release dated 20th June 2014, WWF state: “ (Gland, Switzerland/Cascais, Portugal) – Parties to the OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic should […]

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Parliament critical of the Government over English MCZ delivery

The Guardian reports, 21st June 2014: “Four years since the launch of the government project to create a national network of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) designed to protect sea life and give fish stocks space to recover, only 27 of the 127 sites recommended by experts and stakeholders in the government’s own consultation have been […]

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Does Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee understand the need for MCZs?

Following Marinet’s letter of 5th April 2014 to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee in which Marinet expressed concern that the Committee had failed to ask pertinent questions of the Minister about the Government’s shortcomings over the delivery of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs), the Committee has replied on 22nd April asking Marinet to explain […]

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“Governing MPAs: Resilience through Diversity” – new study published

Dr. Peter Jones, University College London, has just published a new work titled “Governing Marine Protected Areas : resilience through diversity”. To view this work, click here. In this work Peter Jones addresses some of the important challenges related to the effective and equitable governance of marine protected areas (MPAs). These challenges are explored through […]

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Marinet asks: Is Parliament holding the Minister to account over MCZs?

On 2nd April 2014 the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons held a session at which it questioned the Defra Minister, George Eustice MP, and the Ministry’s scientific advisor, Sir Ian Boyd, about the delivery of Marine Conservations Zones (MCZs). Marinet attended this public hearing, and concluded that the Minister had “an easy […]

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Blakeney NNR future in question

Those of you who have visited the National Trusts Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the North Norfolk coast will realise how precious it is (or perhaps now ‘was’) as a wildlife and faunalThe animals characteristic of a region, period, or special environment habitat. Sadly the severe North Sea tidal surge of Thursday 5th December caused […]

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OSPAR announces increased protection for iconic biodiversity in NE Atlantic

The Oslo Paris Commission for the Protection of the NE Atlantic (OSPARConvention for the Protection of the Marine Environment of the North-East Atlantic made up of representatives of the Governments of the 15 signatory nations. ) has announced, 19th December 2013, increased protection for species and habitats in the North East Atlantic. Their press release […]

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Proposal for the Isle of Arran MPA receives strong support

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST) reports, December 2013: “COAST’s Treasurer Sibbie Sangster and Manager Andrew Binnie visited Holyrood last month to deliver hand-written Marine Protected Area responses to the Scottish Government. Andrew said, ‘We are delighted with the response. There has been a huge turn out in favour of the Arran MPA. We […]

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Government promises more English MCZs over the next three years

Defra announced in a Press Release, 21st November 2013: “Coral reefs, jellyfish and seahorses are just some of the marine life that will be better protected following the creation of 27 new Marine Conservation Zones today. “The UK has one of the world’s richest marine environments and these new sites will join over 500 marine […]

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Government names just 27 MCZs for actual designation in English seas

The Guardian reports, 21st November 2013: “Twenty-seven new marine conservation zones (MCZs) will be created in English seas on Thursday to protect seahorses, coral reefs, oyster beds and other marine life. But the number is four less than ministers proposed and just one-fifth of the 127 zones recommended by the government’s own consultation. The seas […]

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New Antarctic marine reserve thwarted by Russian and Chinese fishing interests

The New York Times reports, 1st November 2013: “Paris, France — International negotiations aimed at creating one of the world’s largest marine reserves in the waters off Antarctica ended in failure this week in the face of resistance from Russia, China and Ukraine. In the talks, held in Hobart, Tasmania, under the auspices of the […]

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Scottish government criticised for failure in its “climate and wildlife policies”

The Guardian reports, 28th October 2013: “Alex Salmond’s government is failing to live up to many of its ambitious promises on climate change and protecting Scotland’s natural heritage, a study has concluded. The report by the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) said that the Scottish government’s efforts to set new standards on climate and […]

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