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Consultations on Marine Protected Areas

It’s a busy time for marine conservation; in addition to the recent announcements of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones Defra and Natural England have launched 6 consultations on new or extended Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in English waters – including one which combines the existing Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary MPAs by adding extensions –

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North West Gets 2 New Marine Conservation Zones

Twenty three new Marine Conservation Zones were announced on Sunday 17th January, including two for the North West: Allonby Bay and West of Walney, both in Cumbria. Allonby Bay has been designated for blue mussel beds, honeycomb worm reef peat and a range of habitats such as peat and clay exposures. It is an inshore

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National Coastal Access – Progress in North West England Jan 2016

Natural England have produced their monthly update for January 2016 summarising the progress being made on delivery of coastal access in the North West. The trail is progressing with Stretch 1 (Allonby to Whitehaven) open but requiring some roll-back work, Stretch 2 – Whitehaven to Silecroft at establishment phase and stretch 3 and 4 (covering

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MSFD: UK Programme of Measures published

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive requires all EU Member States to achieve Good Environmental Status (GES) in their marine waters by 2020. The UK’s Marine Strategy sets out how this will be achieved in UK waters and comprises 3 parts; part one sets out targets, part two sets out indicators and the newly published part

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National Coastal Access – Progress in North West England, Dec 2015

Natural England have produced their monthly update for December 2015 summarising the progress being made on delivery of coastal access in the North West. The pace of progress is being stepped up and the trail is progressing down into Lancashire, with development and preparation work starting on sections 3 to 6 (covering an area from

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Bay Cycle Way wins Best Visitor Experience at the Lancashire Tourism Awards!

Huge congratulations to Susannah Bleakley and her team at Morecambe Bay Partnership and their partners, Sustrans for achieving this wonderful accolade to their hard work and dedication in creating a new / enhanced visitor experience around Morecambe Bay! Susannah,  Executive Director, and Janet Barton, 700 Days Coordinator of Morecambe Bay Partnership collected the award at the

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2015 Bathing Water Results Published

Defra has published the 2015 Bathing Waters Compliance Report. New, tougher bathing water standards are now in place with 4 categories: poor, sufficient, good and excellent. In total 624 freshwater, estuarine and coastal bathing waters (waters officially designated for bathing) were monitored across the UK with 415 in England, 102 in Wales, 84 in Scotland and 23 in

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Marine plans in England: Defra’s progress report for 2009 to 2015

Defra has provided Parliament with the first six year progress report on marine planning  in England which is a reporting requirement of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. It was laid before Parliament on 5th November 2015. It is short and succinct as only one set of plans (East Inshore and East Offshore) have yet

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Implementing the Atlantic Action Plan: National Workshop on Funding & Project Development, 9th Dec, Liverpool

Implementing the Atlantic Action Plan: National Workshop on Funding & Project Development, 9th Dec, Liverpool Organisers: DG MARE, Irish Sea Maritime Forum and the UK Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan. This free-to-attend event will provide an update on the Atlantic Action Plan and the role of the UK support team in assisting stakeholders to

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Last chance to book: Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum 2015, 17-18 November, Bristol

The CPN Annual Forum 2015 will take place in Bristol on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th November. Running from lunch time to lunchtime, and including a conference dinner, the Forum will cover a diverse range of issues relevant to coastal management. There will also be an opportunity to take part in a joint field visit

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