Regional News

Coastal Access Updates

Natural England has published a December 2017 update on progress on the England Coast Path in the North West. The coast from Silecroft to the Welsh border on the Dee Estuary is described as ‘proposals in development’ but only one stretch of the coast – a 36km stretch from Allonby to Whitehaven is fully open,

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Marine Planning Events coming to a venue near you!

The Marine Management Organisation is launching a new round of engagement (iteration 2) on the draft visions and options for marine planning in each of the new Marine Plan areas – north west, north east, south west and south east. There will be full day workshops in each marine plan area supported by online engagement,

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Opportunities to get involved with inshore fisheries and conservation management

The Marine Management Organisation is advertising for new voluntary members for the North Western, North Eastern, Sussex, Southern and Cornwall Fisheries and Inshore Conservation Authorities (IFCA). The North Western IFCA is looking for three new members, particularly those with experience and interest in commercial or recreational fishing, the marine environment or other relevant interest and experience.

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Marine plans iteration 1 engagement summary published

The Marine Management Organisation has published an engagement summary highlighting feedback for the marine plans iteration 1 following the spring workshops and other engagement during the development of marine plans for the North West, North East, South West and South East areas. It analyses the engagement in each of the 4 areas and summarises  stakeholder

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Coastal Access Updates – including consultation on objections re Gretna to Allonby stretch

Natural England has published an update on progress on the England Coast Path in the North West. Importantly the Gretna to Allonby stretch is at ‘determination stage’ with a decision by the Secretary of State expected in late 2017. Currently the independent planning inspector appointed by the Secretary of State is inviting comments  by  midnight on 17th July on

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Future Celtic Seas Collaboration

Updated post-event: Following on from the successful Celtic Seas Partnership project and ongoing work through the SIMCelt project and Irish Sea Maritime Forum, the Irish Sea Maritime Forum held a discussion on future work on Thursday 13th July at the University of Liverpool. This discussion brought at range of stakeholders together to develop mechanisms for future

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National Marine Week – 29th July to 13th August

OK – so this is not a week – as usual it’s a whole fortnight of marine goodness to enjoy! The theme this year is ‘The Sea and Me’ and we are all encouraged to explore our relationship with the sea. National Marine Week is organised by the Wildlife Trusts across England. For news and

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Tourism & the Public Value of Nature: 27th September – call for speakers

The University of Central Lancashire is holding a free to attend  one day conference on Tourism and the Public Value of Nature on 27th September, 2017, at their Westlakes campus in Whitehaven. The conference is being organised by UCLan’s Applied Policy Science Unit in collaboration with the Tourism Society and the Policy Network to celebrate UN World

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Morecambe Bay Cycle Way wins Cumbria Tourism Award for Tourism Experience of the Year

On 21st June Morecambe Bay Partnership picked up the coveted Cumbria Tourism Award for Tourism Experience of the Year 2017 for the Bay Cycle Way. The Bay Cycle Way developed by Morecambe Bay Partnership in partnership with Sustrans, is part of the National Cycle Network and connects Walney Island to Glasson, just south of Lancaster. Funded

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Closed – consultation on Byelaw 3 (Permit to Fish for Cockles and Mussels) (NW IFCA)

Closes 7th July The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) are conducting a review of Byelaw 3 (Permit to Fish for Cockles and Mussels). They are consulting stakeholders on management measures to be included in the new byelaw which will regulate hand gathering activities. For more information on the consultation follow this link.