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Closed – Sustainable Seas Inquiry Launched

  Closed 5 pm on Wednesday 16th May 2018   The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry on the future of the sea, examining how marine life can be protected from threats such as climate change, overfishing and pollution, and how the Government can create a more sustainable blue economy.   The UK has

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Albert Dock Bioblitz Saturday 29th October Lancashire Wildlife Trust

The Lancashire Wildlife Trust are hosting a 4 hour BioBlitz at Albert Dock on Saturday 29th October. Sally Tapp, the Marine Community Engagement Officer has said this about the event: “We will record as many species as possible within four hours. This will enable us to add valuable records to the data and create a species

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North West Gets 2 New Marine Conservation Zones

Twenty three new Marine Conservation Zones were announced on Sunday 17th January, including two for the North West: Allonby Bay and West of Walney, both in Cumbria. Allonby Bay has been designated for blue mussel beds, honeycomb worm reef peat and a range of habitats such as peat and clay exposures. It is an inshore

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Wanted: budding scientists to capture our coast!

People with a passion for the UK’s coastline are being invited to help make history by being part of the largest coastal marine citizen science project ever undertaken. The £1.7m Capturing Our Coast project, funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund, is designed to further our understanding of the abundance and distribution of marine life around

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National Marine Week 2015: 25 July to 9 August

As in previous years this annual celebration of our marine and coastal environment – National Marine Week – is so plum full of activity that it’s expanded to a fortnight! Organised by the Wildlife Trusts to raise awareness of the richness and diversity of the UK’s marine life Wildlife Trusts (both coastal and inland) around

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ICES Newsletter Update – May 2015

The International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has produced its newsletter for May 2015. The content of the newsletter includes the following: Resource availability and its influence on top predators within the Barents Sea ecosystem, updates on ICES Working Group on Aquaculture (WGAQUA), Chair of IPCC working Group II discusses risk and

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Site Improvement Plan published for Solway Firth

A Site Improvement Plan (SIP) for the Solway Firth has been published by Natural England as part of the Improvement Programme for England’s Natura 2000 Sites (IPENS), a LIFE funded project. The plan provides a high level overview of current and potential future issues affecting the health of Natura 2000 features in the Solway Firth

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Closed – Consultation on draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for South Inshore and South Offshore Marine Plans

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched a consultation on the draft Sustainability Appraisal Scoping Report for the South Inshore and South Offshore Marine Plans. The consultation will run for five weeks, marking the first stage in the Sustainability Appraisal (SA) process. The south marine plans will be examined to determine the delivery of sustainable development.

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Chinese Mitten Crab invaders – Please report sightings!

The Welsh Wildlife Trust needs your help to report sightings of the Chinese Mitten Crab (Eriocheir sinensis). The Chinese Mitten Crab is classified within the 100 world’s invasive species which pose an array of problems ecologically and economically. They are invasive pests within the River Dee and its banks, they damage fishing gear and they

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Consultation Report on the Management of Inshore Special Areas of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas Approaches – Marine Scotland Report

The Scottish Government has published a report called ’2014 Consultation on the Management of Inshore Special Areas of Conservation and Marine Protected Areas Approaches’. The report reviews an array of management practices proposed for 16 protected areas in Scotland (8 Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) and 10 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), with 2 having both designations).

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