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Historic North West Lido wins Coastal Heritage Photo Competion!

Congratulations to Susannah Bleakley of Morecambe Bay Partnership whose photograph of the historic 1930s Lido at Grange-over-Sands won the recent DCLG/English Heritage Coastal Heritage photograpy competition. Susannah’s striking photograph of the lido - the only salt water lido left in the North West – was shortlisted from over 1000 entries and received more than 3000 votes

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Consultation: South Inshore and South Offshore marine plan areas – Options report

Closes 4th March. The Marine Management Organisation is running a 4-week informal consultation on the Options report for the South Marine Plans. The Options process considers different ways of achieving the draft Marine Plan objectives and vision and the implications of each choice. A range of supporting documents have been produced including an Options map annex and

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Consultation: Reducing unused licences (latent capacity) in the English 10 metre and under fishing sector

Closes 31st March 2015. Defra is seeking views on the current levels of latent capacity in the English 10 metre and under finfish and shellfish sectorsand how to reduce latent capacity to help to make the English inshore fleet more sustainable. The term ‘latent capacity’ is used to describe those licences issued to allow fishing for quota species which

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Revision of Statement of Public Participation for the South Marine Plans

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has published a revised version of the Statement of Public Participation (SPP) for the South Marine Plans which was originally issued in 2013.  The SPP is designed to describe how and when the MMO will provide stakeholders with the chance to contribute to the plan making process, and how their thoughts and

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Morecambe Bay Partnership awarded £300K award to build cycle tourism around the bay

Morecambe Bay Partnership has recently been given a £300,000 award from the Coastal Communities Fund to enhance the cycling tourism offer of Morecambe Bay. The work includes creating a new electric bike network, which will be the UK’s first long distance cycle route accessible by electric bike, and installing new bike infrastructure such as public repair

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New European Climate Adaptation Newsletter published (European Environment Agency, February 2015)

A new newsletter focussing on climate change adaptation has been published by the European Environment Agency (EEA). The aim is to share news and information on climate change adaptation actions and research activies all across the EU. It includes reports on the outcomes of the United Nations Climate Conference in Lima, the Mayors Adapt initiative, newly

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EC Maritime Affairs & Fisheries Newsletter – January 2015

The European Commision has published its Maritime Affairs & Fisheries January 2015 newsletter. It includes items on the new measures to protect sea bass stock, forthcoming events including the European Maritime Day Conference 2015 in Piraeus, Greece,  funding opportunities including calls for tenders for the European Fisheries Areas Network 2014 – 2021 and international best practices for maritime spatial planning,

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ICES Newsletter – February 2015

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has issued its e-newsletter for February 2015. The content includes the opening of the 2015 round of the ICES Science Fund for project proposals as well as a review of previously funded projects, a call for papers for the ICES Annual Science Conference 2015 which

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Burbo Bank Extension Community Benefit Fund – forthcoming public exhibitions and consultation survey summary

The Online Consultation Survey Summary for the Burbo Bank Extension Community Fund has now been published. DONG Energy will establish a Community Benefit Fund (CBF) worth up to £250,000 per annum for the lifetime of the Burbo Bank Extension offshore wind farm in Liverpool Bay (amount dependent on final scale of the project). The consultation

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Consultation on Marine Strategy Framework Directive Programme of Measures

Closes 24th April 2015 Defra, the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government are consulting on a proposed Programme of Measures which will help the UK to achieve Good Environmental Status in the UK’s seas by 2020, as required by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). There are 11 ‘descriptors’ for Good

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