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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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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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11 North West Beaches Win Awards!

Keep Britain Tidy has announced this year’s award winners for Blue Flag and the Seaside Awards. Only one North West beach has Blue Flag – Blackpool South – but 10 have achieved a Seaside Award. These are: Morecambe North and Morecambe South St Annes Pier Ferry Beach, Rossall Beach and Marine Beach, Fleetwood Jubilee Beach,

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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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North West Coastal Access Update

Natural England have produced their monthly update on progress in developing the English Coast Path on the North West’s coast. A very short summary is below but there is much more detail in the newsletter which can be downloaded below: Stretch 2: Whitehaven to Silecroft (51 km) – STAGE 5: ‘OPEN’ Stretch 3: Gretna to

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