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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 – 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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Consultation – Ten Proposed Scottish SPAs

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has launched a consultation to gather views and evidence for a network of 10 proposed Special Protection Areas (pSPA) to protect coastal and offshore waters for the benefit of marine birds in Scotland. The SNH are seeking views on the following topics: Proposed designations and bird species Scientific evidence Advice to

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Closed – Consultations on Marine Protected Areas

It’s a busy time for marine conservation; in addition to the recent announcements of 23 new Marine Conservation Zones Defra and Natural England have launched 6 consultations on new or extended Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in English waters – including one which combines the existing Morecambe Bay and Duddon Estuary MPAs by adding extensions –

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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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Revised approach to the management of commercial fisheries in European Marine Sites: overarching policy and delivery

The MMO has published a guidance document. The document setts out their revised approach to the management of commercial fisheries in all European Marine Sites in England to ensure that current and future fishing activity is managed in accordance with the Habitats Directive (Article 6). The revised approach will be applied on a phased and risk-prioritised basis to both

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Closed – Invitation to comment on Draft Marine Protected Area Conservation Advice and associated guidance

Natural England has made available Draft Conservation Advice for 3 Special Protection Areas within the Liverpool City Region:  Mersey Narrows and North Wirral Foreshore, Mersey Estuary and Ribble & Alt Estuaries.  A “How to use the Conservation Advice” guidance document is also available. Natural England would greatly appreciate any comments you have by 12th May,

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Marine SPA News – August 2013

The 11th edition of the e-newsletter Marine SPA News, published by JNCC, with information about the work of the Marine SPA team is now available.  It contains updates on the work to identify further marine SPAs and extend existing ones, including reporting on little gulls numbers in Liverpool Bay.  The newsletter can be accessed via

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JNCC’s Marine SPA Newsletter January 2013

The 10th edition of the JNCC newsletter from the Marine Special Protection Area team has been published and is available to download below. The newsletter details additional features currently being considered for the Liverpool Bay SPA and a report to Natural England on these is due in March 2013. The newsletter is available via this link or

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