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WireWall Update

An update below from the National Oceanography Centre re their WireWall project (see earlier news article): The summer sun might have gone, but there were still plenty of people about at the beach to meet the scientists at Ainsdale and Crosby this month. Following the success of the “Liverpool Institute for Sustainable Coasts and Oceans

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Coastal Challenge Summit 2018 – Report Now Available

On the 24th April 2018, three established coastal networks, the Coastal Partnerships Network (CPN), the Coastal Communities Alliance (CCA) and the Local Government Association Coastal Special Interest Group (LGA Coastal SIG) met at Europe House, Smith Square in London to explore common ground on coastal issues and joint opportunities for advancing the environmental, economic and

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Closed – Survey on Impacts of non-licensable activities on Marine Protected Areas

Closing date: midgnight Friday 31st August 2018 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has commissioned the University of Hull’s Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies (IECS) to conduct a survey to gather local and regional evidence of non-licensable activities taking place in English inshore and offshore Marine Protected Areas (SPAs, SACs, MCZs). This work will contribute

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Call for Written Evidence – Regenerating Seaside Towns Committee

Closes 1 pm on Tuesday 9 October 2018 Earlier this year a new Lords Select Committee was established with the remit ‘to consider the regeneration of seaside towns and communities’ An Inquiry has now been launched with a public call for written evidence on a range of issues affecting seaside towns and communities. Lord Bassam

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Closed – Consultation: Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities conduct and operation (2014 to 2018): call for evidence

Closes 11:45 p.m. 4th September 2018 Defra is seeking evidence on how effectively and fairly Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) have operated between 2014 and 2018. The evidence gathered will be used to prepare a statutory report into the conduct and operations of IFCAs – the Report to Parliament about Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities’

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Consultation: Working Together – River Basin Management Plans

Closes 22nd December 2018 The Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) have launched consultations on the River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) process. The current plans run to 2021 and must be reviewed and updated every 6 years. This consultation is the start of this updating process; it sets out

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Closed – Consultation – Sustainable Fisheries for Future Generations (Fisheries White Paper)

Closes 12th September 2017 Defra has launched a consultation on the future of fisheries after Britain leaves the European Union. The ‘Fisheries White Paper’ sets out the proposals, some of which will apply to the whole of the UK and some of which will apply to England only. The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP said “Today

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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: Byelaws for Sites of Special Scientific Interest in England

Closing date 5 p.m. 22nd August Natural England has launched a consultation on its proposed approach to considering the use of its byelaw-making powers for the purpose of protecting Sites of Special Scientific Interest. The byelaw-making powers for this purpose are provided by Section 28R of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 as amended by

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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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