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Capturing Our Coast News – December 2016

The Capturing Our Coast (CoCoast) project, a UK based citizen science shore recording project has published a newsletter for December 2016 which looks forward to spring and the rest of 2017. The newsletter highlights the success of their recent ‘Spermwatch surveys’ which will continue into next year. New opportunities are highlighted such as taking part

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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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Capturing Our Coast Spermwatch Survey Launched

The Capturing Our Coast (CoCoast) team have launched a national survey to look at sperm puddles on the shore produced by lugworms. This is what CoCoast are asking citizen scientists to do: “The lugworm Arenicola marina is an important food source for birds and valuable for intertidal fisheries as they are used for fishing bait.

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Identifying Bacterial Pollution from Source to Sea in the NW

The Environment Agency has begun a project to discover sources of bacterial pollution affecting sea water quality in the North West. The NW has 31 bathing beaches, all of which are subject to more stringent standards under the revised European Bathing Water Directive, which the EA will begin monitoring for in 2012. Although there have been

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National Ecosystem Assessment

Defra have launched the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA), a groundbreaking report that demonstrates the value of nature. The UK NEA  brought together over 500 experts in ecology, economics and social sciences to estimate the value of the natural world by taking account of the economic, health and social benefits we get from nature. The assessment provides

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Marine & Coastal Policy in the UK

Here you can find links to useful legistlation, policy and evidence documents that are relevant to marine and coastal issues in the UK. UK-wide & England Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 Countryside Rights of Way Act 2000 UK Marine Policy Statement The Marine Strategy Regulations 2010 UK Marine Science Strategy Fisheries 2027 - a long-term vision for

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Marine Habitat Maps for Celtic & North Seas

The European Marine Observation and Data Network have launched a pilot mapping portal that shows broadscale predicted marine habitats for Europe’s seas. As well as the Celtic Sea and North Sea, the portal includes the Baltic Sea and the Western Mediterranean, covering over 2 million square kilometers in total. A consortium of 7 international partners,

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Scotland’s Marine Atlas

The Scottish Government has published ‘Scotland’s Marine Atlas – Information for the National Marine Plan’. The Atlas is an assessment, featuring maps and graphics, is an assessment of the condition of Scotland’s seas, based on scientific evidence from data and analysis, supported by expert judgment. For more information, and to download the document,  as well

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