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Report on Economic and Social Costs of Overfishing

The New Economics Foundation (nef) has published a report on the economic and social costs of overfishing in EU waters. The report, ‘Lost at Sea’, estimates that overfishing has cost the EU £2.7billion and 100,000 jobs. For a summary, and to download the full report, visit the nef website.

Coastal Communities Fund Prospectus Released

The UK Government today (10 Feb) Coastal Communities Fund prospectus has been published today. The fund, which aims to ‘help coastal communities unleash their growth potential that can only be harnessed locally’, will support bids in excess of £50,000, with a proposed launch for expressions of interest at the beginning of March. The prospectus highlights

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MMO Publishes East Region Evidence and Issues Report

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has published the final Evidence and Issues report for the East Inshore and Offshore areas. The report takes into account comments from over 50 stakeholders from a variety of organisations and can be downloaded from the MMO website. A summary of consultation responses can also be downloaded from the same page.

Funding Available for ‘Town Team’ Pilot

On February 4th, the Government announced the ‘Portas Pilots Prospectus: an invitation to become a ‘Town Team’. This follows Mary Portas’ independent review into the future of the high street. One of her recommendations is the creation of ‘Town Teams’, a visionary, strategic and strong operational management team for high streets, which the Government has accepted

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UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

The UK Government have published the Climate Change Risk Assessment, the first assessment of its kind and the first in a 5 yearly cycle. The assessment includes detailed analysis of 100 potential risks across 11 sectors, and sets out the main priorities for adaptation under 5 key themes. The assessment has been divided into several

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UNESCO Officials Deliver Report on Liverpool’s World Heritage

A delegation of UNESCO officials have published a report detail their recommendations on the World Heritage Status of Liverpool, following a visit in November to assess the impact of proposed developments in the city’s docklands. The delegation reported positively on the impact of completed projects, the new Liverpool Museum and the Mann Island, which have invigorated

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NW-IFCA Update

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority  (NW IFCA) are currently assessing the Ribble cockle fishery after its closure in November due to safety concerns. There is concern that the stocks, which were already low due to the intense fishing last year,  may have been further reduced by the gales in early January and it is unlikely that the

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European Marine Social Survey

A European-wide survey into what the public values in the marine environment and governance has been published. The study, part of the KnowSeas project, which is supported by the European Commission’s FP7, interviewed 7000 individuals from 7 countries (1000 from each), including the UK, and the results highlight the importance of education and communication in driving

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Outer Solway

Outer Solway Offshore Wind

DONG Energy have begun a feasibility project to investigate the potential for an offshore windfarm in the outer Solway Firth. The study is set to continue for the next four months and DONG have indicated that local consultations will be conducted in the new year. For more information, visit the project website. Map of the search

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Identifying Bacterial Pollution from Source to Sea in the NW

The Environment Agency has begun a project to discover sources of bacterial pollution affecting sea water quality in the North West. The NW has 31 bathing beaches, all of which are subject to more stringent standards under the revised European Bathing Water Directive, which the EA will begin monitoring for in 2012. Although there have been

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