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Consultation: Invasive alien species: management measures for widely spread species in England and Wales

Closes 11:45pm on 12 September 2019 Defra and the Welsh Government are seeking views on plans for managing invasive alien species (also known as invasive non-native species) which are widely spread in England and Wales. These plans set out how the species will be effectively managed as required by The Invasive Alien Species (Enforcement and

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Call for Evidence: Domestic Shipping Air Pollution

Closes 11:45pm, 11 January 2020 The Department for Transport has issued a call for evidence on emissions from domestic shipping activity in the UK’s coastal waters and English inland waterways They wish to better understand emissions from the maritime sector and establish if government can do more to address emission issues. Powered vessels used for

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New MMO Byelaw: West of Walney MCZ Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw

The Marine Management Organisation’s West of Walney Marine Conservation Zone (Specified Area) Bottom Towed Fishing Gear Byelaw 2018 was signed off by Defra on 4th June 2019. The Byelaw came into force on 4th July 2019.  The purpose of this byelaw is to protect habitats and communities in the specified area, as stated in the

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Coastal Access Update – June 2019

Natural England has produced their June update on progress in developing the English Coast Path on the North West’s coast. There is a lot more detail in this month’s update but a brief summary of status of each section is: Stretch 1: Allonby to Whitehaven (35 km) – ‘OPEN’ Stretch 2: Whitehaven to Silecroft (51

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Consultation: Welsh National Strategy for Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management

Closes midnight, 16th September 2019 This is the second National Strategy on Flood and Costal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) for Wales, replacing the 2011 Strategy which has been prepared under the terms of the Flood and Water Management Act 2010. The Welsh Government is seeking views on how it intends to manage the risk to

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Consultation: Challenges and Choices for water management in Wales

Closes 22 December 2019 Natural Resources Wales has launched a consultation to feed into the development of the 3rd set of River Basin Management Plans under the Water Framework Directive and the next State of Natural Resources Report (SoNaRR 2) under the Environment Act. The consultation provides an overview of significant water management issues in

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Closed Consultation: Draft National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

Closed 23:45 on 4th July 2019 The Environment Agency is seeking views on the draft FCERM strategy which sets out a vision for a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change – today, tomorrow and to the year 2100. Under Section 7 of the Flood and Water Management Act (FWMA) 2010 the Environment

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Government announces completion of UK ‘Blue Belt’

Defra has announced the designation of the third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). The latest designations of 41 new MCZs brings the overall total of MCZs in English waters to 91. In addition, new features have been added to 12 existing MCZs. The Government has announced that this essentially completes the UK ‘Blue Belt’

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Consultation: Marine and fisheries policies for Wales after Brexit

Closes 19th August 2019 The Welsh Government is seeking views on future fisheries policy. The consultation is on the first stage in creating a new policy, a management regime and associated legislation. Views are sought on: fisheries management sustainable fisheries and fleet sustainability fishing opportunities shellfish and aquaculture trade, growth and innovation evidence funding For

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Closed Consultation – Managing the Marine Historic Environment of Wales

Closes 3rd June 2019 The Welsh Government is consulting on updated guidance on managing and protecting the marine historic environment, which includes wrecks, submerged prehistory and coastal and intertidal archaeology. The guidance document – ‘Managing the marine historic environment of Wales’ – sets out the Welsh Government’s approach to underwater heritage and offers best practice guidance

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