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Revocation of Regional Spatial Strategy

CLG have published an environmental report on the revocation of the North West of England Plan – the Regional Spatial Strategy for the North West. A consultation on the report runs until 20th January. For more information and to download a copy of the report – which references the role of the North West Coastal

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Walking the Sefton Coast featured in The Times

The Times newspaper has featured the Sefton Coast in one of its Saturday walking features. The walk, from Waterloo to Ainsdale, can be accessed on The Times website, but is subscription only. However, the writer of the article, Christopher Somerville, has posted it on his personal website.

SUSTAIN Project Update

SUSTAIN, an EU-funded Interreg project that Sefton Council and the North West Coastal Forum are a part of, continues a-pace. The Europe-wide project, which aims to develop a universal policy tool to measure coastal sustainability, is nearly two-thirds complete with a final launch conference due to be held in Southport in September 2012. From a Forum

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Bathing water results for 2011

Defra have published details of the 2011 bathing water results – a mixed picture for the North West with 24 beaches meeting the mandatory bathing water requirements compared to 27 in 2010, however 9 of these achieved the exacting requirements of the revised Bathing Water Directive standards (current ‘guideline’ status) compared to only 6 last year. However

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National Policy Statement for Ports

The Department for Transport has published the National Policy Statement for Ports. To download the document, visit

UK SeaMap 2010

The JNCC has published ‘UK SeaMap2010 – Predictive mapping of seabed habitats in UK waters’. The map provides a full coverage predictive seabed habitat for  the sublittoral UK marine area, filling in the geographic gaps evident in earlier predictive mapping projects. Download the report here:

MMO Publish Fisheries Statistics

The Marine Management Organisation has published the UK Sea Fisheries Statistics 2010. Download the report and data files here:

October 2011 News and Events Update

Our October Newsletter is now available to download:

Public Awareness of Marine Climate Change Issues in the EU

A report has been published on the results of polling 10,000 European citizens about their knowledge and opinions of climate change. The poll, which was conducted during January 2011, spans 10 European countries and aimed to find out what the public knows and cares about in relation to marine climate change and its risks and impacts. Download

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Proposed MCZs – Interactive Map

The Guardian has posted an interactive map of the proposed English marine conservation zones, allowing users to see the recommended MCZs, the recommended reference areas and project boundaries. Click here to see the map.