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Closed – Consultation: Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit

Closes 2nd August 2018. The Government has launched a consultation on the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill. The new legislation is intended to create a new statutory body for England to act as an independent environmental watchdog and hold the Government to account on environmental obligations in the post-Brexit era when there is

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Past Event: The Shape of the North West Coast Conference – 12 & 13 June, Southport

Book by 25th May. The North West & North Wales Coastal Group and the North West Regional Monitoring Programme are holding a ‘Shape of the North West Coast’ conference on the 12th and 13th June  2018 in Southport. This free, 2 day event aims to bring together all those with an interest in coastal risk management

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Closed – North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Member Recruitment

NW-IFCA application deadline 12:00 Friday 8th June 2018 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has opened recruitment for new members for the Eastern, North Western, North Eastern and Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs). The North Western IFCA is looking for two new members; interest is welcomed from those with experience and interest in commercial

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Closed – Sustainable Seas Inquiry Launched

  Closed 5 pm on Wednesday 16th May 2018   The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry on the future of the sea, examining how marine life can be protected from threats such as climate change, overfishing and pollution, and how the Government can create a more sustainable blue economy.   The UK has

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Closed – Consultation: Northern Ireland Marine Plan

Closes 15th June 2018 The Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs has published the draft Northern Ireland Marine Plan. The plan has been produced as a result of the  Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and the Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013, and will facilitate the sustainable development of Northern Ireland’s inshore and

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Closed – Maritime 2050: call for evidence

Closed 16th May, 11:45 p.m. The Department for Transport has announced a call for evidence from those involved with, or who rely on, the maritime sector to help develop a long term strategy for the future of the UK’s maritime sector – Maritime 2050. The call introduces a number of themes for respondents to consider.

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UK Joins the Coral Reef Life Declaration

Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, announced on the 9th April that the UK has joined 12 other signatories to the Coral Reef Life Declaration. The Coral Reef Life Declaration was launched by Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Our Ocean conference in Malta in October 2017 with the aim of encouraging countries to come together to protect coral

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Exeter University study – 270 million visits made to English coastlines each year

BlueHealth researchers at Exeter University have conducted research which has revealed that around 270  million recreational visits are made to the English coast annually. The study showed that most people go to the coast for relaxation and social reasons. The majority of the visits – around 12o m in total – were for walking, with or

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Below the surface: 25 years of seafloor litter monitoring in coastal seas of North West Europe

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has released a paper summarising 25 years of research into marine litter on the seafloor across Northern Europe. The research, spanning the period from 1992 to 2017, has revealed changes in what makes up plastic litter in the marine environment over time, with a decrease in

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Flood scheme boost with £36m of funding

On 27 March Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey announced the 25 new schemes to receive a share of £36 million  to improve flood protection announced in last year’s Autumn Statement. £33.8 million will be allocated to the 25 schemes over the next three years, in addition to a £2.2 millionalready allocated to 13 projects in Cumbria and

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