Tag Archives: MPA

UK Joins the Coral Reef Life Declaration

Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, announced on the 9th April that the UK has joined 12 other signatories to the Coral Reef Life Declaration. The Coral Reef Life Declaration was launched by Prince Albert II of Monaco at the Our Ocean conference in Malta in October 2017 with the aim of encouraging countries to come together to protect coral

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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 on proposed extension to Liverpool Bay SPA

Closes 5 p.m., 8th February 2017 Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) are jointly consulting on an extension to the Liverpool Bay / Bae Lerpwl Special Protection Area (SPA). The extension will include new areas to the west and north, extending into the Mersey Estuary and also crossing the

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Closed – Call for Evidence on Marine Protected Area Assessments

Closes 12th December 2016. The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is carrying out site assessments for the marine protected areas (MPA) in English inshore waters for which the MMO is the lead regulator. They are now seeking views on the draft assessments, which are intended to help ensure that current and potential future fishing activities do

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Applications Invited for Marine Conservation Grants

Sea Changers are welcoming applications for grants for marine conservation projects to be started in 2017. Allocated grants can be up to £1,000 and will aim to supporting grass roots and community based projects and must fall within the following categories: Marine Reserves/Protected Marine Areas Direct Marine Clean-up  Action Education, Campaigning and Raising Awareness Species Protection

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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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MMO Guidance on Seal Watching

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) have released guidance on seal watching which outlines precautions to take into consideration when watching or swimming with seals. Getting close to the seals is discouraged and the MMO detail the legislation that both grey seals and common/ harbour seals are protected in the form of Marine Protected Areas. With the

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Environment Audit Committee Inquiry: Marine Protected Areas Revisited

Deadline for written submissions: 7th October 2016, 5 p.m. (no longer than 3000 words, must be submitted via the online portal) The Environmental Audit Committee is calling for evidence on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the UK and the Overseas Territories. This inquiry follows on from two previous inquiries: Marine Protected Areas and Sustainability in

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Closed – Marine Conservation Zones – Tranche 2 Consultation Opens

Closes 24th April 2015 Defra has announced a consultation on the next round of Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ) designations – Tranche 2 – which runs from 30th January to 24th April 2015. The consultation also includes  proposals for new features for conservation in 10 of the Tranche 1 MCZs already designated. In the Irish Sea

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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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