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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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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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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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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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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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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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Closed – Consultation: Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit

Closes 2nd August 2018. The Government has launched a consultation on the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill. The new legislation is intended to create a new statutory body for England to act as an independent environmental watchdog and hold the Government to account on environmental obligations in the post-Brexit era when there is

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Closed – Sustainable Seas Inquiry Launched

  Closed 5 pm on Wednesday 16th May 2018   The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry on the future of the sea, examining how marine life can be protected from threats such as climate change, overfishing and pollution, and how the Government can create a more sustainable blue economy.   The UK has

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Closed – Consultation: Northern Ireland Marine Plan

Closes 15th June 2018 The Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs has published the draft Northern Ireland Marine Plan. The plan has been produced as a result of the  Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and the Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013, and will facilitate the sustainable development of Northern Ireland’s inshore and

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