National News

Fisheries Update

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) are holding a Technical, Scientific and Bylaw Subgroup Committee meeting on February 17th. This meeting is not open to the public or press, however papers are available on the NWIFCA website.   Defra’s winter 2011/12 issue of Fishing Focus is available to download from their website.This

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Coastal Communities Fund Prospectus Released

The UK Government today (10 Feb) Coastal Communities Fund prospectus has been published today. The fund, which aims to ‘help coastal communities unleash their growth potential that can only be harnessed locally’, will support bids in excess of £50,000, with a proposed launch for expressions of interest at the beginning of March. The prospectus highlights

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MMO Publishes East Region Evidence and Issues Report

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has published the final Evidence and Issues report for the East Inshore and Offshore areas. The report takes into account comments from over 50 stakeholders from a variety of organisations and can be downloaded from the MMO website. A summary of consultation responses can also be downloaded from the same page.

Funding Available for ‘Town Team’ Pilot

On February 4th, the Government announced the ‘Portas Pilots Prospectus: an invitation to become a ‘Town Team’. This follows Mary Portas’ independent review into the future of the high street. One of her recommendations is the creation of ‘Town Teams’, a visionary, strategic and strong operational management team for high streets, which the Government has accepted

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UK Climate Change Risk Assessment

The UK Government have published the Climate Change Risk Assessment, the first assessment of its kind and the first in a 5 yearly cycle. The assessment includes detailed analysis of 100 potential risks across 11 sectors, and sets out the main priorities for adaptation under 5 key themes. The assessment has been divided into several

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2011 Water Framework Directive Progress Update

The Environment Agency has published a summary of the 2011 results for surface waters (rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters). This summary, and previous reports, can be viewed here.

Marine Planning News

The latest Marine Management Organisation Marine Planning Newsletter is available to download here. A series of drop in sessions are being organised across the East of England (the first marine plan area) in February. For further information on current and future marine planning visit the MMO website.

Good Fish Guide iPhone app

Building on the success of their pocket and web versions of the Good Fish Guide, the Marine Conservation Society has released an iPhone app. The app is free to download from the Apple store, and gives users access to the most up-to-date sustainable seafood advice right when they need it. To read more about the

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Marine Conservation Zones Project Newsletter 7

The MCZ project has published its latest newsletter, explaining in more detail ongoing work and the reasons for a revised timetable for MCZ designation, as well as information on the Scientific Advice Panel (SAP) and the MCZ impact assessment. Download the newsletter from the Defra website here: http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-6007

Marine Chemical Spill Response: UK Guidelines

A set of new guidelines for tackling oil or chemical spills at sea has been published. The guidelines provide the principles upon which effective post-spill monitoring and impact assessment in UK waters will be based on and are supported by the 19 UK government partners involved in post-spill issues. Download the guidelines from the Cefas

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