Regional News

Closed – Consultation: Offshore Oil and Gas Licensing – 30th Seaward Licensing Round Draft Appropriate Assessments

Closes 5 p.m. 29th March 2018 The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has opened a 6 week consultation on draft Appropriate Assessments for oil and gas licensing Blocks applied for in the 30th Seaward Licensing Round. In July 2017 the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) announced the 30th Seaward Licensing Round. As a

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Closed – consultation: Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Management Plan

Closes 12th February 2018 The Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Management Plan is being reviewed and there is an online consultation seeking comments and suggestions. The consultation is an opportunity to put forward views to be taken into account in preparing the Draft AONB Management Plan to cover the period 2019-24, which will be available for

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Closed – Careers in Fisheries Management – NWIFCA recruiting now!

The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority is currently advertising 2 job vacancies, both working in front line fisheries management. The vacancies are: Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Adviser to join the NWIFCA science team of four staff members. Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Officer to assist with fisheries compliance, surveys and administration of fishing permits.

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Closed – North West Marine Plan – Iteration 2 Online Engagement and Workshops

Online Engagement opens on 29th January and closes 29th March 2018 This Spring 2018 the MMO is engaging on iteration 2 of marine planning for the four remaining marine plan regions – the north west, north east, south west and south east. The engagement will focus on: draft marine plan area visions draft options to address

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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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