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National Coastal Access – Progress in North West England April 2016

Natural England have produced their monthly update for April 2016 summarising the progress being made on delivery of coastal access in the North West. Stretch 1 (Allonby to Whitehaven) and stretch 2 (Whitehaven to Silecroft) remain open whilst stretch 3 (Gretna to Allonby) and stretch 4 (Walney Island) remain in the development phase. Work is also starting

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New research: ‘Coastal England: Are young people a ‘lost generation’?’

The National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) have published a report regarding public perceptions of the English coast focusing on people between the ages of 18 and 35. Key findings from the report highlight that over half of those surveyed were unaware of opportunities at the coast and 80% of people stated that they would rather visit

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Marine Planning: A Guide for Local Councils Published

The Marine Management Organisation has published a guide for local authorities to support the use and understanding of marine plans and marine planning, the interaction with terrestrial planning and how marine plans should be used. It emphasises the need to consider marine planning and the impact on marine waters when making planning decisions for the

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Job: Marine Community Engagement Officer (North Merseyside)

Closing Date: 18th April The North West’s Wildlife Trusts are advertising a new post: Marine Community Engagement Officer. The Officer, to be based with the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside,  will develop and deliver a programme of work for a community based project supporting local action to safeguard healthy seas and acting

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Environmental Impact of Microplastics Inquiry

Deadline for responses: Friday 15th April The Environmental Audit Committee, a Commons Select Committee, launched an environmental impact of microplastics in March 2016. The issues they are investigating include the scale, sources and consequences of microplastic pollution in the ocean, the state of knowledge/understanding of the issue and strategies for dealing with the issue. The

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North West Regional Monitoring Programme Newsletter – April 2016

The latest edition of the North West Regional Monitoring Programme Newsletter can be downloaded below. The newsletter covers what will be happening with the 2016-2020 Coastal Erosion Risk Monitoring (CERMS) programme and an update on data usage, news from Copeland Borough Council on a historic site – Wellington Pit – revealed by storm damage, and

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Next Round of Marine Plans – events around the country in April 2016

The Marine Management Organisation  (MMO) is running a series of marine planning events during April, across the remaining plan areas – North West, North East, South West and South East. The events are free to attend and are taking place on a range of dates / locations within each planning region. The events are open sessions

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Updated River Basin Management Plans Published

The Environment Agency, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Natural Resources Wales have published the updated River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) following the 2014-15 consultation. These set out priorities for protection and improvement of the water environment to achieve good ecological status in accordance with the requirements of the Water Framework Directive. Links to the plans

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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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