Tag Archives: marine

Banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products

Close of submissions of representations on the draft legislation: 15th October 2017. Defra has published the summary of responses to its consultation on banning the use of microbeads in cosmetics and personal care products. The draft legislation which will bring the ban into force in 2018 in England has also been published and representations can

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Consultation on investigating options for reducing releases to the environment of microplastics (European Commission)

Closes 16th October 2017 The European Commission has launched a public consultation on options for reducing releases of microplastics into the marine environment. The aims are to collect views from stakeholders and the public on policy options and to gather further information and evidence on sources of microplastics pollution and policy options for the reduction

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Marine Spatial Planning in a Nutshell

Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is a tool for better and more sustainable use of the marine and coastal environment. Work has already started on the North West Marine Plan, with a series of Marine Management Organisation workshops and an early consultation on issues and options. For those that haven’t come across the concept of MSP

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Closed – NW Marine Plan Iteration 1 – feedback needed!

Closes Friday March 31st 2017 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched a call for feedback on the initial outputs for marine planning in the remaining marine plan areas: North West, North East, South West and South East. There is an online questionnaire and the MMO is asking for feedback on: How the marine plans

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MMO Marine Plan Workshops Spring 2017

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued an invitation to participate in the next round of marine plan workshops. These will look at the issues and evidence database which was recently published (see news item on MMO Marine Planning Newsletter Jan 2017), explore potential policies for the new marine plans (including the North West) and

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MMO Marine Planning Newsletter January 2017

The Marine Management Organisation has releasaed its January 2017 newsletter, reporting on a range of activity including the South marine plan consultation, an update on the East marine plan, and links to the links to the economic baseline assessment for all the remaining plan areas (including NW) and the issues with supporting evidence database which

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Closed: Defra consultation on EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment)

Closed 31 January 2017. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment)  which includes changes to regulations on marine works. More information about the consultation can be found here. This website gives an overview of the consultation as follows: “The EU Environmental Impact Assessment Directive

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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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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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Marine Noise Registry Launched by JNCC and Defra

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) and Defra have launched the Marine Noise Registry (MNR) which will aim to record human activities in UK seas which produce a frequency between a range of 1oHz and 10kHz. The MNR will primarily be used to collect location and date data on noisy activities during development phases and

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