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Digital Skills Programme Launched by Google to Benefit Coastal Tourism

Google has launched a new digital skills programme which aims to help boost tourism at the seaside which is part of the Government’s new Digital Strategy and Digital Skills Partnership. The Google digital skills partnership includes the British Hospitality Association, National Coastal Tourism Academy and UKinbound.. The programme aims to provide digital communication and advertising skills

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Maritime Affairs & Fisheries News – January 2017

The newsletter from the Maritime Affairs & Fisheries for January has been published and covers the following topics: News Commissioner Vella promises EU support for the Arctic and its people at Tromsø conference New report confirms positive economic trends in EU fishing fleet Seafood: Investigation into EU consumers’ attitudes shows sustainable supply is essential European

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Great Winter Nurdle Hunt 3rd to 5th February 2017

Nurdles, also known as mermaids tears, are tiny little pellets of pre-production plastic and can be found washed up on beaches around the UK. It is thought that these nurdles make it into the sea due to mismanagement in factories which make their way into waterways as well as nurdles being accidentally distributed during transit. Nurdles are

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Closed: Microbead Consultation

Closes 28th February 2017. Defra, the Scottish Government, the Welsh Government and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland have launched a consultation to seek views on the UK’s proposed ban on the manufacture and sale of cosmetics and personal care products containing microbeads which may harm the marine environment. The

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Tranche Three MCZ Workshop Reports Available

In November 2016 a stakeholder workshop was run by the JNCC (Joint Nature Conservation Committee) to help provide scientific advice on the suite of site options from which they could select potential Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) that could form a third tranche of MCZ designations. The advice was requested of JNCC and Natural England by Defra.

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Date for your diary: Morecambe Bay Partnership Conference, 5th April 2017, Grange-over-Sands

Morecambe Bay Partnership has announced the date of its 2017 conference, which this year takes place in Grange-over-Sands. This news was reported as part of their December 2016 newsletter which covers information on a new electric bike network along the Bay Cycle way. The newsletter which is available here also details upcoming events and training

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Closed: Defra consultation on changes to 2012 UK fisheries concordat

Closes 28th February 2017. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) are consulting on changes to 2012 UK fisheries concordat: Management arrangements for fishing opportunities and fishing vessel licensing in the United Kingdom. The topic and scope of this consultation are as follows: “Topic of this consultation: This consultation sets out proposed changes to

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Closed: Defra consultation on EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment)

Closed 31 January 2017. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment)  which includes changes to regulations on marine works. More information about the consultation can be found here. This website gives an overview of the consultation as follows: “The EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

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Capturing Our Coast News – December 2016

The Capturing Our Coast (CoCoast) project, a UK based citizen science shore recording project has published a newsletter for December 2016 which looks forward to spring and the rest of 2017. The newsletter highlights the success of their recent ‘Spermwatch surveys’ which will continue into next year. New opportunities are highlighted such as taking part

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10 Year Marine Litter Report Published

An article entitled: “Marine anthropogenic litter on British beaches: A 10-year nationwide assessment using citizen science data” has recently been published by a group of scientists. The data is from Marine Conservation Society (MCS) Beachwatch surveys which have been taking place by volunteers for more than a decade. The main findings from this article are

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