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New Directive Establishing a Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning

The European Commission and European Parliament has today published Directive 2014/89/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a Framework for Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) This long-anticipated Directive has been developed as part of the EU’s Intergrated Maritime Policy, which aims to support sustainable development of the marine environment, to develop coordinated and

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Morecambe Bay Trail-Blazing Ride – test ride of the Bay Cycle Way 12-15 September 2014

Volunteers are needed to help test the proposed Bay Cycle Way route in  September. Cyclists can join for all or part of the ride around Morecambe Bay which takes place over 4 days fropm 12th to 15th September. The Bay Cycle Way, funded through the Coastal Communities Fund, will be a new, family-friendly, long distance

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Celtic Seas Partnership Activity Update

The Celtic Seas Partnership is a four year EC Life+ project supporting the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in the Celtic Seas. It aims to draw people together from across the Celtic Seas to set up collaborative and innovative approaches to managing their marine environment. It is working to put the people

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Consultation on Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning

Closes 5th September English Heritage is currently seeking feedback on a series of recently published Good Practice Advice Notes aimed at helping local planning authorities, applicants, consultants,  and other interested parties to implement the historic environmental policy contained within the National Planning Policy Framework and related guidance. The Good Practice Advice Notes published in July 2014 are: Historic Environment

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Seldom Seen Map Series – Guided Walk at Sunderland Point (7th September 2014)

Morecambe Bay Partnership and Art Gene based in Barrow-in-Furness have come together to develop an exciting artist-led programme which seeks to map hidden assets and learn about the culture and life of local people around Morecambe Bay. Themes include the social, natural and industrial value of the Bay. The characteristics of the area will be presented

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Heysham Flat Seed Mussel Fishery Opens

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority has announced that, commencing the 26th of August 2014, the Heysham Flat Seed Mussel Fishery is open for all current Byelaw 3 Permit Holders. A new Byelaw 3 permit for 2014/2015 will be required from the 1st of September 2014 and more information and application forms can be found

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New Requirement to Submit Monthly Catch Return Records – Cockles and Mussels

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NW IFCA) has announced that, from the 1st of July 2014, it is a requirement under Section 21 of the North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Athority Byelaw no. 3 that all permit holders must record and submit monthly returns relating to catches and fishing efforts. This follows

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Marine Scotland publishes its first Marine Litter Strategy

Marine Scotland has published its first Marine Litter Strategy. Its main purpose is to develop methods to ensure clean, safe, tidy, diverse and productive coastal and marine environments in the future. The strategy underpins developments in marine legislation through the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010 in promoting sustainable use of the environment to enhance ecological, economic and

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National Infrastructure Projects – North West Update

The National Infrastructure Planning website has details of the following major infrastructure projects in the coastal or marine area of North West England. Click on the project names below to go the the National Infrastructure Planning website page for each project. Projects go through a range of stages and these are explained in brief below:

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Reminder – deadline approaching for the 3rd biennial North West Awards for Coastal Excellence (NW ACE 2014)

The deadline – 10th September - is fast approaching for the North West Coastal Forum’s 3rd biennial NW ACE – an award scheme to recognise outstanding achievement in and contribution to the long-term management of our coast and near-shore marine environments. NW ACE winners and highly commended entrants will have an opportunity to showcase their work

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