Tag Archives: conservation

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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Great Winter Nurdle Hunt 3rd to 5th February 2017

Nurdles, also known as mermaids tears, are tiny little pellets of pre-production plastic and can be found washed up on beaches around the UK. It is thought that these nurdles make it into the sea due to mismanagement in factories which make their way into waterways as well as nurdles being accidentally distributed during transit. Nurdles are

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MCS Great British Beach Clean Findings Announced

Results from the Marine Conservation Society’s Great British Beach Clean (GBBC)  have been announced. The GBBC is a four day event each September where just less than 6,000 volunteers helped clean 364 beaches around the UK in 2016. At each beach clean volunteers surveyed the type and abundance of litter collected. In 2016 268,384 pieces

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Closed – consultation: Solway Firth proposed SPA (proposed marine extension and site name change)

Closes midnight, 17th January 2017. Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural England are jointly consulting on the Solway Firth potential Special Protection Area (pSPA). This is a cross-border site and the new SPA will be formed by merging the existing Upper Solway Flats & Marshes SPA with a new extension encompassing the marine waters west of the

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Living Waters for Wales Update by NRW

Natural Resources Wales has recently produced their firth Water Framework Directive update. The newsletter is filled with examples of projects which are delivering a better water environment for the people, environment and businesses of Wales. The newsletter includes: River Basin Management Plan Update Water Watch Wales The restoration of afforested deep peat on the Welsh Government Woodland

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Open: Inquiry into the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum

The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry into the Future of the Natural Environment after the EU Referendum. Issues include the future of funding for biodiversity and agri-environment schemes, the likely changes in the devolved administration, and the role that managed rewilding can play in conservation and restoration. The inquiry is still currently open and

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State of Nature Report 2016 Published

The updated State of Nature Report has been published with the RSPB as a key partner in the report. 50 wildlife organisations have worked together to produce the report which provides a progress report for the UKs native wildlife. Key findings from the report are summarised here: Between 1970 and 2013, 56% of species declined,

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#SwitchTheStick Campaign Launched

City to Sea have recently launched a campaign called #SwitchTheStick which is currently petitioning against using plastic in cotton buds. Cotton buds are increasingly being washed up on beaches around the world as it is thought that people flush them down the toilet which then make their way through our sewers and eventually into the sea. These

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Government Announces Microbeads Ban

The government have recently announced plans to ban microbeads found in cosmetics and personal care products. These tiny pieces of plastic, commonly referred to as microbeads, once washed down the drain often make it into the marine environment which build up and are swallowed by marine life. The government is starting to collect evidence on other

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Closed – Environmental Audit Committee Calling for Evidence on MPAs

The Environmental Audit Committee is calling for evidence on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the UK and the Overseas Territories.This follows on from the previous Committee’s reports into Marine Protected Areas and Sustainability in the UK Overseas Territories. The Committee is calling for written evidence on some or all of the following points: Progress to date:

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