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UK creates Pitcairn marine reserve : 3½ times the size of the UK

Pew Charitable Trust reports: The Pew Charitable Trusts joins the Pitcairn Island Council in praising the UK government for the designation of 320,465 square miles (approximately 830,000 square kilometres) as a marine reserve in the remote waters surrounding the Pitcairn Islands in the South Pacific Ocean. The announcement, 15th September 2016, by the United Kingdom’s […]

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IUCN’s World Conservation Congress calls for 30% protection of the oceans

The Pew Trust reports, 9th September 2016: The International Union for Conservation of Nature members have passed a motion calling for more marine reserves. The passing of this motion is a milestone for marine conservation and underscores the need to create more marine protected areas around the world. In a major win for marine life, […]

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US President expands Hawaiian marine reserve created by his predecessor

The Guardian reports, 27th August 2016: Barack Obama has created the world’s largest marine protected area by expanding an existing ocean reserve off Hawaii to cover 582,578 square miles, providing what’s likely to be the grandest, and final, chapter in the president’s conservation legacy. The sweeping move quadruples the size of the Papahānaumokuākea marine national […]

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Denmark is an obstacle to the protection of 69 threatened Baltic species, says Oceana

Oceana reports, 14th March 2016: Three years of work by 88 leading experts were effectively scrapped during the 37th Annual Meeting of the Helsinki Commission (HELCOM), held March 2016, when countries approved a heavily weakened version of a plan to protect and rebuild the most threatened Baltic Sea and Kattegat species. Oceana denounces Denmark as […]

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Malaysia establishes marine park of 2.5 million acres

The Guardian reports, 30th May 2016: Malaysia has just established the biggest marine protected area (MPA) in the country. The Tun Mustapha park (TMP) occupies 1m hectares (2.47m acres) of seascape off the northern tip of Sabah province in Borneo, a region containing the second largest concentration of coral reefs in Malaysia as well as […]

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Marinet continues to ask the Environment Agency whether the FED discharge permit at Bradwell, Essex, is legal

On 18th September 2015 Marinet wrote to the Environment Agency to query whether the Fuel Element Debris (FED) permit covering discharges of heavy metals, nitrates and radionuclides from the now decommissioned Bradwell nuclear power station into the Bradwell estuary, Essex, is legal. This letter of query sought to establish the legality of the procedures which […]

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Great Barrier Reef bleaching severest in its northern coral reefs

The Washington Post reports, 20th April 2016: The conclusions are in from a series of scientific surveys of the Great Barrier Reef bleaching event — an environmental assault on the largest coral ecosystem on Earth — and scientists aren’t holding back about how devastating they find them. Australia’s National Coral Bleaching Task Force has surveyed […]

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Studland Bay rMCZ has breeding seahorses, but MMO declines to regulate yacht mooring

BBC News, 11th April 2016, reports: Fresh calls have been made for “environmentally friendly moorings” to be used off the Dorset coast in a bid to increase seahorse population. The appeal by the Seahorse Trust comes after about 50 short-snouted seahorses were discovered recently off Bournemouth, which it described as “absolutely incredible”. In total, 20 […]

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Drone to patrol fisheries in Pitcairn Islands marine reserve

BBC News, 11th March 2015, reports: An ocean-going drone will be helping to spot illegal fishing in the world’s largest, continuous marine reserve. The UK said it would establish the 834,000-sq-km (322,000-sq-mile) zone around the Pitcairn Islands in the Pacific in 2015. The drone will patrol areas in the reserve designated as no-fishing zones. Data […]

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Greenpeace propose Marine Reserve to protect fragile Arctic area linked to fishing

The Guardian reports, 3rd March 2016: Major British food brands and supermarkets buying cod from Arctic waters risk having their supply chain “tainted” because of links with fishing further north in the Arctic, Greenpeace has warned. An investigation by the group has revealed that suppliers of cod to Birds Eye, Findus and Young’s are using […]

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South Arran MPA approved by Scottish Parliament

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (C.O.A.S.T.) reports 10th February 2016: Representatives from coastal communities, scallop divers, sea anglers and  conservation organisations showed their passion and support for MPAs at Holyrood last month, coinciding with a Rural Affairs Committee debate on the future of MPAs. To the delight of thousands of MPA supporters on Arran and […]

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A further MCZ under threat from aggregate dredging

The Guardian reports, 19th January, 2016: A stretch of sandbars and shoalsA sandbank or sandbar that makes the water shallow off the Kent coast which is home to seals, famous for shipwrecks and is a proposed as a marine conservation zone, is at risk from dredging, conservationists warn. Dover Harbour Board is considering dredging for […]

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Map of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones in English seas

Based on data provided by HM Government and the Marine Conservation Society, we provide here a map below which shows which sites are now designated as Marine Conservation Zones in English waters. The map also shows those MCZs proposed in 2012 which have not yet been designated. New Marine Conservation Zones 2016 1 Fulmar 2 […]

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UK Government doubles the number of MCZs, but is it real conservation?

The Observer reports, 17th January 2016: A series of 23 new marine conservation zones (MCZs) have been announced by the UK Government. But some experts fear this will not be enough to safeguard the future of our wildlife The zones stretch from the coast of Northumberland down to Land’s End and include Europe’s longest chalk […]

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UK Government News Release announces new list of MCZs

The UK Government issued a News Release, 16th January 2016, concerning the new list of Marine Conservation Zones which it is establishing. The introduction to the News Release states: “As set out in the manifesto, the government is committed to delivering a Blue Belt of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) around our coasts. These will protect […]

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Four new marine reserves proposed in Northern Ireland

BBC News reports, 14th December 2015: Northern Ireland is to get four new protected marine areas to conserve important habitats and species, including one of the slowest growing shellfish in the world. They are: Rathlin Island : at Rathlin, the entire island and the seas around it are covered. It is intended to conserve the […]

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C.O.A.S.T. struggles with the fishing industry’s view of the management for Scottish MPAs

The Community of Arran Seabed Trust (C.O.A.S.T.) reports in its November 2015 newsletter: Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are designed to protect marine species and habitats (many of which are also fish nursery grounds), while at the same time allowing nearly all of the marine activities which already occur in these areas to continue. They are […]

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Palau creates world’s sixth largest marine reserve in the Pacific

The Guardian reports, 2nd October 2015: The tiny western Pacific archipelago of Palau has approved the creation of a marine sanctuary twice the size of Mexico. Conservationists said the 500,000 sq km (193,000 sq mile) sanctuary would be the world’s sixth-largest fully protected area — meaning no fishing, or other uses such as drilling for […]

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94% of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) allow fishing

Mark Costello and Bill Ballantine report in Trends in Ecology and Evolution, September 2015: Conservation needs places where nature is left wild; but, only a quarter of coastal countries have no-take Marine Reserves. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been used to indicate conservation progress, but we found that 94% allow fishing and thus cannot protect […]

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New Zealand creates a marine reserve twice as big as its own land mass

Eco Magazine and the Otago Daily Times report 29th September 2015: The waters around the Kermadec Islands to the north of New Zealand will become one of the largest ocean sanctuaries in the world, Prime Minister John Key has announced at the United Nations. “This is an area twice the size of our land mass […]

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