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Isle of Man Marine Plan – Marine Developments Consenting Consultation

The Department of Infrastructure, Isle of Man, has launched a public consultation on the proposed consenting process for marine developments. This will form part of the Isle of Man Marine Plan which is being created to provide a strategic and integrated approach to the use of the marine environment taking into account economic, environmental and social issues. The new consenting

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North West Awards for Coastal Excellence 2012 – Results

The NW ACE 2012 were presented to winners by Professor Annie Worsley, Chair of the North West Coastal Forum, during our recent Delivering Sustainable Coasts conference in Southport. A summary of the winners and the Awards Powerpoint presentation can be downloaded below. For more information see the Current Projects page. 2012 winners: Awards Powerpoint:

Isle of Man Marine Plan – Statement of Public Participation

The Manx Government’s Department of Infrastructure has released a Statement of Public Participation to outline how and when interest groups and members of the public can have their say on formulation of the Isle of Man Marine Plan. Minister for Infrastructure, David Cretney MHK said ‘As a small Island nation, the role of the sea

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Burbo Bank Extension Offshore Wind Farm – Geotechnical Investigation

DONG Energy will be carrying out a geotechnical investigation at the proposed Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm site from late August until mid-September. The aim of the investigation is to provide details about the structure of the seabed. It is a preliminary licensed study and does not pre-empt the pre-application process (see National Infrastructure

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Severn Barrage – back on the cards?

Following a meeting in July 2012 with former Welsh Secretary Peter Hain and the consortium Corlan Hafren, David Cameron has instructed ministers and staff to look again at the Severn Barrage. A previous scheme was rejected in 2010 by Chris Huhne, the then Energy and Climate Change Secretary, due to the projected cost of £34bn

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Closed – European Commission consultation on Ocean Energy

The European Commission’s DG Mare is running a consultation on Ocean Energy. Europe’s Integrated Maritime Policy aims to help Europe realise the potential of its marine and coastal resources by providing a framework for coordination of the different functions, uses and users of the seas and oceans and by promoting excellence in marine research, technology

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The Inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta comes to Liverpool!

The inaugural Irish Sea Tall Ships Regatta will begin in Dublin on Sunday 26th August and culminate in a four-day event in Liverpool from the 30th August to the 2nd September. The regatta is being organised by the charity Sail Training International and Liverpool City Council are working with them to host the finish of

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Irish Sea Maritime Forum – conference outputs and future programme available

Following the successful launch of the Irish Sea Maritime Forum at Titanic Belfast in June a conference report summarising the outputs of the workshop sessions and a future programme of activity has been produced. This report, together with presentations from the event, can be accessed through the project page on this site or by clicking

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Fylde BeachCare News

Annie Heslop has recently been recruited as the new Fylde BeachCare Officer, to take project into its second phase. Fylde BeachCare is a partnership between the Environment Agency, United Utilities and Keep Britain Tidy across the Fylde peninsula from Fleetwood to Lytham. It aims to inspire and empower the local community, tourists and businesses to take sustained action to improve the

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Cumbria Coastal Access Update

Natural England have issued the first of a series of monthly newsletters reporting on coastal access progress in Cumbria. To view a copy of the newsletter see  below: For information on national coastal access progress see the Natural England website