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MMO Marine Planning Newsletter September 2017

The Marine Management Organisation has published its latest Marine Planning Newsletter. It contains updates on the South and East Marine Plan areas, details of meetings with Jersey and French marine planners and news about what the MMO Marine Officers (Planning) have been up to in each of the remaining 4 marine plan regions, including the

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Catching or landing of berried lobsters and crawfish in England

The Marine Management Organisation has published new statutory guidance on berried lobsters and crawfish – i.e. those carrying eggs. The guidance states that from 1 October 2017 vessels registered in the UK must not fish for berried lobsters (Homarus gammarus) or crawfish (Palinurus elephas and Palinurus mauritanicus) within English waters and must not land lobsters or crawfish at English ports regardless

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Banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products

Close of submissions of representations on the draft legislation: 15th October 2017. Defra has published the summary of responses to its consultation on banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. The draft legislation which will bring the ban into force in 2018 in England has also been published and representations can

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Opportunities to get involved with inshore fisheries and conservation management

The Marine Management Organisation is advertising for new voluntary members for the North Western, North Eastern, Sussex, Southern and Cornwall Fisheries and Inshore Conservation Authorities (IFCA). The North Western IFCA is looking for three new members, particularly those with experience and interest in commercial or recreational fishing, the marine environment or other relevant interest and experience.

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Consultation on Salmon Fisheries

Closes 9th October. The Environment Agency is holding a consultation on management of salmon fisheries in England and on the Border Esk. The consultation seeks views on the impacts and benefits of options that have been developed to reduce exploitation of salmon in coasts, estuaries and rivers, together with any further suggestions for reducing exploitation. Salmon

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Marine plans iteration 1 engagement summary published

The Marine Management Organisation has published an engagement summary highlighting feedback for the marine plans iteration 1 following the spring workshops and other engagement during the development of marine plans for the North West, North East, South West and South East areas. It analyses the engagement in each of the 4 areas and summarises  stakeholder

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Consultation on investigating options for reducing releases to the environment of microplastics (European Commission)

Closes 16th October 2017 The European Commission has launched a public consultation on options for reducing releases of microplastics into the marine environment. The aims are to collect views from stakeholders and the public on policy options and to gather further information and evidence on sources of microplastics pollution and policy options for the reduction

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Maritime Spatial Planning: Transboundary Co-operation in the Celtic Seas – SIMCelt closing conference 28 &29 November, Liverpool

SIMCelt – Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Celtic Seas – is a 2 year project running to December 2017 co-funded by the EU Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. It aims to promote practical cross-border cooperation between Member States on the implementation of the Maritime Spatial Planning Directive in OSPSAR Region III:

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Coastal Access Updates – including consultation on objections re Gretna to Allonby stretch

Natural England has published an update on progress on the England Coast Path in the North West. Importantly the Gretna to Allonby stretch is at ‘determination stage’ with a decision by the Secretary of State expected in late 2017. Currently the independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State is inviting comments  by  midnight on 17th July on

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Future Celtic Seas Collaboration

Updated post-event: Following on from the successful Celtic Seas Partnership project and ongoing work through the SIMCelt project and Irish Sea Maritime Forum, the Irish Sea Maritime Forum held a discussion on future work on Thursday 13th July at the University of Liverpool. This discussion brought at range of stakeholders together to develop mechanisms for future

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