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Marine Planning Portal launched

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has today launched an interactive map of England’s seas. The map contains an array of information, ranging from energy infrastructure (oil pipelines and wind farm locations) to conservation areas. Visit the marine planning portal on the MMO website to view the map and layers.

Marine Planning Evidence Base

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is inviting comments on a draft strategic scoping report which gives a picture of key marine activities and the marine and coastal natural resources around England. The draft report is available to view on line for the next 4 weeks and a final version will be published at the end

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Bathing Beach Profiles

The Environment Agency have posted brand new detailed profiles for bathing beaches in the UK to their website. The profiles contain descriptions on the beach and its catchment, and descriptions on how the EA is working with water companies, local authorities, farmers and private land owners. The profiles are new for 2011 and will be

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Marine Planning in England – summary of consultation responses

A summary of responses to Defra’s consultation on Marine Planning in England can now be viewed at Defra’s website. You can view the North West Coastal Forum’s response here.

News and Events Update Archive

For previous NWCF newsletters see our archive

Burbo Bank Extension – Public Consultation

DONG Energy have announced a series of first-round consultation events to seek the views of the community over their application to extend the Burbo Bank windfarm. The proposed project would provide approximately 250MW of additional capacity, enough to power around 170,000 homes, and will cover a maximum area of 40 square kilometers. Consultation documents are available

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Scotland’s Marine and Fisheries Sector Action Plan

The Scottish Government have published a Marine and Fisheries Sector Action Plan for adaptation to climate change. This concise document identifies potential impacts of climate change on the Marine and Fisheries sector and sets out the action being taken in Scotland to adapt to these impacts and improve resilience. It also considers, in some way, what this

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New Fisheries Body For the North West

On April 12011, the two Sea Fisheries Committees (SFC) in North West England (Cumbria and North Western), to become one new organisation  – the North West Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NW-IFCA). The NWIFCA is one of 10 new Authorities established under the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) and, besides taking on responsibility for fisheries management from

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March/April 2011 update

The March/April edition of the Forum’s News and Events Update is now available to download

Integrated Coastal Zone Management – EC Consultation

The European Commission have launched an on-line consultation on Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) and/or Maritime Spatial Planning. Through the consultation the European Commission seeks to explore options for future EU action in coastal management and maritime planning. This is an important time for ICZM and marine planning in Europe, and anyone with an interest in either

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