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Defra’s 25 Year Environment Plan Published

‘A Green Future: Our 25 Year Plan to Improve the Environment’ sets out the UK Government’s commitments to improve the environment within a generation. It sets goals environmental improvements and details how Government will work with businesses and communities to achieve the goals over the next 25 years.  The plan sits alongside two other government

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Marine Planning Events coming to a venue near you!

The Marine Management Organisation is launching a new round of engagement (iteration 2) on the draft visions and options for marine planning in each of the new Marine Plan areas – north west, north east, south west and south east. There will be full day workshops in each marine plan area supported by online engagement,

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Consultation – Welsh National Marine Plan

Closes 29th March 2018 The Welsh Government is consulting on a draft marine plan for Wales. As part of the consultation a series of public events are being held across Wales in January . These events are designed so that stakeholders can meet members of the marine planning team and discuss how marine planning may

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Closed – consultation: Proposed MGN 581 (F) Registration surveys for fishing vessels under 15m

Closes 11:45 p.m. 29th January 2018 The Maritime and Coastguard Agency is consulting on a new system for Registration Surveys for vessels under 15m built before 16th July 2007 which wish to become fishing vessels. Merchant Shipping Notice (MSN) 1871 allows vessels of less than 15m built before 16 July 2007 to be considered by

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Closed – consultation – Environment Agency enforcement and sanctions policy

Closes 11:45 p.m. on the 29th January 2018. The Environment Agency is consulting on proposals to update its approach to enforcement and sanctions. The Enforcement and Sanctions Statement (ESS) and Enforcement and Sanctions Guidance (ESG) documents were first published in 2011, with a revised ESG being issued in March 2015. However new government policies need

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Closed – consultation: Marine licensing application fees: proposed changes 2017

Closes 11:45 p.m. on the 2nd February. DEFRA and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) are asking for feedback on their proposals to revise the marine licensing application fees for the England, Wales and Northern Ireland offshore marine areas. The consultation includes proposals: to introduce an online self-service portal for Band 1 marine licence applications along with

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Consultation on Implementation of the ILO Work in Fishing Convention 2007 (ILO 188) into UK Law

Closes 11:45 p.m. on the 12th January 2018 The International Labour Organisation (ILO) Work in Fishing Convention no. 188 (2007) came into force on 16th November 2017. It entitles all fishermen to written terms and conditions of employment (a fisherman’s work agreement) decent accommodation and food, medical care, regulated working time, repatriation, social protection and

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NWCF Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas from the North West Coastal Forum

The North West Coastal Forum would like to wish all our web visitors and subscribers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  

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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