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National Marine Week

Time to get salty! Actually 15 days of marine-related activities taking place across the UK,  National Marine Week is the Wildlife Trusts’ nationwide celebration of all things marine. It’s spread over 15 days to allow for variation in the tides around the UK coast. Many activities are taking place in coastal locations, but some also

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Closed consultation – Marine Conservation Zones Tranche 3

Closed 20th July. Defra have opened consultation on the 3rd tranche of Marine Conservation Zones proposed for English marine waters. 41 new MCZs are proposed and there are also new features for conservation proposed for 12 exisitng MCZs. The consultation seeks views on the new sites and additional features, but also provides an opportunity to submit

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WireWall – a new approach to coastal wave hazard measurements

A new collaborative NERC-funded research project, led by the National Oceanography Centre and HR Wallingford, is taking a low-cost instrument previously used to measure waves in the open ocean, and converting it into an easily relocatable overtopping measurement system  – WireWall – that can more confidently assess coastal overtopping hazards, and so help to optimise

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Irish Sea Maritime Forum Summer 2018 Newsletter

The Irish Sea Maritime Forum has published a newsletter for Summer 2018. This includes updates on: The continuing role of Senator Gerry Horkan as ISMF Chairman The Future Celtic Seas Collaboration workshop which took place last year and follow-up activities, such as the ISMF Key Stakeholder Review European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF) applications The

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General Data Protection Regulations – new North West Coastal Forum Privacy Policy

New General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018. As a result the North West Coastal Forum has undertaken a major review of our databases and contacted everyone we have details for to ensure we are in compliance with the new regulations. For more information how we look after and use contact data please see our

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Exeter University study – 270 million visits made to English coastlines each year

BlueHealth researchers at Exeter University have conducted research which has revealed that around 270  million recreational visits are made to the English coast annually. The study showed that most people go to the coast for relaxation and social reasons. The majority of the visits – around 12o m in total – were for walking, with or

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Below the surface: 25 years of seafloor litter monitoring in coastal seas of North West Europe

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) has released a paper summarising 25 years of research into marine litter on the seafloor across Northern Europe. The research, spanning the period from 1992 to 2017, has revealed changes in what makes up plastic litter in the marine environment over time, with a decrease in

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