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Closed – Booking now open for Climate Change on the North West Coast conference 29 & 30th March 2023

We are pleased to announce that booking is now open.   The North West Coastal Forum is working with the North West and North Wales Coastal Group and Our Future Coast to deliver a conference on climate change exploring the challenges facing the North West’s coastal communities and working with nature to adapt to coastal

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Merry Christmas from the North West Coastal Forum

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Marine Wildlife Bycatch Mitigation Initiative

Defra has published a policy paper setting out its ambitions and a series of actions to reduce and, where possible, eliminate accidental capture and entanglement of sensitive marine species in fishing gear in UK waters. Sensitive marine species include seabirds, cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises), and sharks, skates and rays. Bycatch monitoring programmes in the

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Closed consultation – UK Domestic Maritime Decarbonisation: Plotting the Course to Zero

Closed 6th October 2022 The Department for Transport is seeking views and evidence for the optimal pathway to achieve net zero emissions in 2050 for the domestic maritime sector, and barriers to maritime decarbonisation and the technological, operational and policy options that could be employed to address these barriers. The consultation also provides a space for

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Irish Sea Maritime Forum Conference – MSP in the Irish Sea: Where are we now? Change of date to 7th October 2022

IMPORTANT UPDATE: In light of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and as a mark of respect to the National Mourning period of the UK, it has been decided by the ISMF Committee to postpone the virtual conference, which was due to take place on 15th September, until Friday 7th October 10.00 – 13.00. 

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Closed – consultation on pilot sites for Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs)

Closes 28th September 2022 Defra has launched a consultation on proposals to designate pilot Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), including a candidate site of Allonby Bay, Cumbria.  In 2019 the UK Government commissioned an independent review, the Benyon Review, to explore the concept of HPMAs. The Review concluded that they are an essential component of

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Closed – consultation on Marine Net Gain

Closes 30th August 2022 Defra is consulting on the proposed principles of marine net gain. They are seeking views, in particular, from marine industries, recreational marine users, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), conservationists, academics, and coastal communities.   In their response to the 2018 terrestrial Biodiversity Net Gain consultation, the government stated their intention to develop and consult

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Draft Flood Risk Management Plans: 2021 to 2027 – Summary of Responses

The Environment Agency has published a summary of responses received to the consultation on the draft Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) 2021 to 2027. FRMPs are statutory plans that set out how to manage flood risk in nationally identified flood risk areas and the consultation ran from October 2021  to January 2022. For more information

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Coastal Access Update – Late Spring 2022

Natural England have produced their latest update on progress on the England Coast Path in the North West. Currently 132km of the path are open in the North West, with a further 117 km from Cleveleys to Pier Head in Liverpool approved in full but not yet open and the remaining 322 km approved in

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Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership: Key Challenges and Emerging Issues Publication

MCCIP has published a suite of outputs on ‘responding to key challenges in UK marine climate change’, building on the evidence presented in the latest MCCIP report card (2020) and providing a snapshot of the key issues facing the UK marine climate change community and guidance on how to address them. The outputs are designed

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