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Seagrass meadows around the British Isles are in “perilous state”

BBC News, 13th January 2016, reports: Most seagrass meadows around the coast of the British Isles are in a “perilous state”, say scientists. Plants are being damaged by pollution and human disturbances such as mooring boats, according to researchers. Surveys of 11 sites in England, Wales and Ireland found high nitrogen levels in water were […]

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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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Call for more protection of seagrass meadows

BBC News reports, 27th June 2015: “Seagrasses — the underwater plants that act as nursery grounds for young fish — need more protection, say scientists. Monitoring of seagrass meadows off the North Wales coast found areas damaged by the likes of boat moorings, anchors and vehicles crossing at low tide had reduced value to the […]

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Seahorses disappear from “undesignated” MCZ at Studland Bay, Dorset

The Western Morning News reports, 13th October 2014: “Seahorses have disappeared from breeding grounds at a popular beauty spot in Dorset. Numbers of the native spiny seahorse and short snouted seahorses have dwindled from more than 40 to none in the past eight years. This year, conservationists were devastated to find just one drifting juvenile […]

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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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The Oceans are acidifying at a rate faster than any in the last 300 million years

The Third Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, held in Monterey, California, in September 2012, reports: “During the last 20 years, it has been established that the pH of the world’s oceans is decreasing as a result of anthropogenic CO2. (i.e. growing more acidic). “The ocean continues to acidify at an unprecedented rate […]

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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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Protection of Norfolk’s Sheringham reef and seven other Norfolk coastal gems in the balance

From Steve Downes in the EDP of 9th September 2011 under the title ‘Sheringham reef and seven other Norfolk coastal gems could get special protection’ the progress in obtaining the required protection status of Norfolk’s valuable marine sites is in the balance. Whilst Sheringham Reef (Europe’s longest that runs offshore from Sheringham to Mundesley) and […]

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