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Summer 2012 News, Events, Consultations

The Summer 2012 NWCF newsletter is now available to download. For previous newsletters, please see the newsletter archive on the newsletter page. To sign up to automatically recieve our newsletter, please submit your email address in the form on the left.

Morecambe Bay Nature Improvement Area

An application submitted by the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) to designate Morecambe Bay a Nature Improvement Area (NIA) has been successful, bringing a further £610k to the area. The Morecambe Bay Limestones and Wetlands Nature Improvement Area is the only NIA in the north of England, and one of only 12 successful

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Coastal Communities Fund Briefings – NW details

Briefing workshops on the new Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) are to be held throughout March and April around the UK. For more information on dates and times, visit the Big Lottery Fund’s Coastal Communities Fund website. The deadlines for expressions of interest are March 25 (early round – projects ready to go) and April 27 (main round). In

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Good Fish Guide iPhone App

The Marine Conservation Society Good Fish Guide App (for iPhone only) is now available to download for free from the Apple App store now! The guide provides comprehensive advice on sustainable seafood for all consumers who want to make the right choice at the supermarket fish counter or at the fishmongers. The app is searchable by common

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20th March workshop – ‘A Sea Change: Marine Spatial Planning from Solway to Dee’

In partnership with The Wildlife Trusts and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO), the NWCF are holding a free workshop to discuss the issues, opportunities and challenges facing marine spatial planning in the North West. This event is endorsed by RTPI North West Branch and will count towards Continuing Professional Development for planners. The event will be held

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Launched: The South West Marine Energy Park

The South West Marine Energy Park, which aims to accelerate the commercialisation of marine power, will stretch from Bristol to Cornwall and as far as the Isles of Scilly. Around the UK, DECC estimates that our seas have the potential to generate up to 27GW of power by 2050, equivalent to the power generated from

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Marine Conservation Zones Project Newsletter 8

Defra have published the 8th Newsletter of the Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) project. In this update: How the Project involved stakeholders early on How Natural England and JNCC produce their advice What work is still to be done The MCZ designation timetable Read the update on Defra’s website.

Making the Right Connections to Improve Bathing Water

As part of their ongoing work to improve bathing water quality in the North West, particularly before new stricter standards are introduced in 2015, the Environment Agency are reviewing sewer plans and using innovative techniques to identify and tackle places plumbing is misconnected. These misconnections occur when an appliance such as a washing machine or

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Burbo Bank Extension Consultation Update

Dong Energy have published a document with information on the progress of the consultation process for the Burbo Bank windfarm extension in Liverpool Bay. The update details the consultation timetable and contains information on developments together with project contact information and is downloadable from the Dong website. The second round of community consultation events will begin in April 2012, with details

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Fisheries Update

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) are holding a Technical, Scientific and Bylaw Subgroup Committee meeting on February 17th. This meeting is not open to the public or press, however papers are available on the NWIFCA website.   Defra’s winter 2011/12 issue of Fishing Focus is available to download from their website.This

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