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Consultation on proposals for allocating Fixed Quota Allocation units to 10m-and-under licences in the English Fleet

Closes 16 September 2014 Defra is carrying out an informal consultation on proposals changing the way units are allocated for England’s 10m and under fishing fleet to give England’s under 10m fishing fleet the option to receive an annual Fixed Quota Allocation to improve certainty in business planning and fishing opportunity to those operating under

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Revised approach to the management of commercial fisheries in European Marine Sites: overarching policy and delivery

The MMO has published a guidance document. The document setts out their revised approach to the management of commercial fisheries in all European Marine Sites in England to ensure that current and future fishing activity is managed in accordance with the Habitats Directive (Article 6). The revised approach will be applied on a phased and risk-prioritised basis to both

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MMO Report on Social Impacts and Interactions Between Marine Sectors

The Marine Management Organisation has published a report commissioned to provide a body of evidence on social impacts through an assessment of interactions within and between sectors listed in the Marine Policy Statement. The project provides a baseline of evidence and also provides a framework for using this evidence as part of the marine planning process. It provides

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House of Lords Inquiry into EU Regional Marine Co-operation

Call for written evidence closes 26th September The House of Lords European Union Committee’s Sub-Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy has launched a call for evidence as part of an Inquiry into EU Regional Marine Co-operation. They would like to hear from a wide range of witnesses. Public hearings will be held from October to December 2014

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NW-IFCA Newsletter Sept 2014

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has just released their latest newsletter, which is downloadable below. The newsletter covers an update on fisheries, a report on the Members Training Day and news about three voluntary member vacancies at the Authority which are open for applications until 9th September. For more information visit the

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Deadline extended: 3rd biennial North West Awards for Coastal Excellence (NW ACE 2014) – Apply Now!

Update – due to several requests the deadline has been extended to Friday 26th September. No late entries will be accepted after this date. All applicants submitting by the original deadline of 10th September have been notified and now have the opportunity to resubmit if they wish to amend/add to their submissions. The North West Coastal

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Diary Date – Destination Coast! 3rd & 4th November, Grange-over-Sands

Destination Coast! is the 2014 North West Coastal Forum biennial coastal conference. This year the theme is based around the coastal visitor economy, exploring the benefits and opportunities for coastal tourism and recreation for businesses and communities along the length of the North West coast. The event  will take the form of a full day

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Diary Date – Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum 2014

The North West Coastal Forum is delighted to announce that the Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum – the national CPD event for Coastal Partnership Officers, their Board and Steering Group members and the organisations that work in partnership with them – is being held here in the North West on 4th and 5th November in

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Marine Strategy Framework Directive explained – Celtic Seas Partnership launches MSFD Animation

Struggling to get your head around the Marine Strategy Framework Directive? The Celtic Seas Partnership has produced a useful animation to help explain the pressures that our seas and oceans are under and the work the project is doing to protect them. To view the animation, which is available in both English and French, and

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Consultation – North West Coast Connections (National Grid)

Closes 28th November National Grid is developing plans to connect new sources of electricity generation (new nuclear and offshore wind) into the National Grid, affecting Lancashire and Cumbria. A consultation has been launched and will run from 4th September to 28th November. A series of public informtion events are being held across Cumbria and Lancashire to explain the

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