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Call for evidence: Seafood and Meat Exports to the EU: EFRA Committee Inquiry

Closes Friday 19th February 2021 Since Brexit there has been a range of disruption, delays and, in the case of some products such as shellfish from Class B waters, complete cessation of trade between the UK and the EU. The EFRA Select Committee has launched an inquiry seeking both evidence from those affected by the

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Consultation: Dee River Basin Management Plan 2021-2027

Closes 22nd June 2021 Natural Resources Wales have opened a consultation to seek views on the issues impacting upon the water environment in the Dee river basin district and the actions that are needed to protect and restore the water environment. Responses will be used to shape, develop and update the Dee River Basin Management

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Sea-Changers Coastal Fountain Fund 2021

Application deadline: 15th March 2021 Sea-Changers has announced a new round of funding, following the successful introduction of the Coastal Fountain Fund in 2020. Grants of up to £2000 are available.  The aim of the funding is to reduce the impact of single-use plastic water bottles on coastal habitats. The fund helps coastal communities and

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Plover Rovers – Talking the Coast 2021

The Plover Rovers are a newly established science communication charity focusing on bringing marine science and coastal communities together. Their 2021 “Talking the Coast” project will have members of the UK Marine Scientific Community walk stretches of the English Coast Path and present their relevant research to local communities in towns and villages along the

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England Coast Path – North West Section Added to National Trails Website

The National Trails website has been updated and includes a section dedicated to the coast path in the North West. The site provides general information about the path, including maps, enables trip planning and – importantly – enables the public and local businesses, etc., to add photos and relevant information such as accommodation services or

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Coastal Access – Birkenhead to the Welsh Border – Opportunity to Comment

Closes midnight, Wednesday 10th February 2021 On Wednesday 16th December 2020 Natural England submitted reports to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out the proposals for improved coastal access from Birkenhead to the border with Wales. This route will form part of a continuous walking route around England’s coastline as set

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North West Fisheries Byelaw Consultations

Both consultations close Friday 5th March 2021. The North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NWIFCA) has approved and made 2 new byelaws and, in accordance with Defra’s byelaw making process, must now advertise these new byelaws and provide a consultation period before they can be signed by the Minister and brought into force. Byelaw

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Impact of Brexit on Shellfisheries Exports (Bivalves)

The inshore waters of North West England support a thriving and diverse shellfish industry but in the last few days it has emerged that there are potentially huge impacts on the industry arising from  the UK’s exit from the European Union. The majority of our shellfish stocks are sold to Europe as live stock. Live

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Coastal Access in North West England – January 2021 Update

Natural England has published an update on coastal access in North West England. There are currently 61 km of the England Coast Path open in the North West, with another 49 km approved and in the process of being upgraded or constructed, and equipped with signage, gates, etc. 200 km are approved in part but

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English and Welsh Bathing Waters Classifications 2020

England: Defra normally releases updated Bathing Water Classifications in November each year, however the 2020 results have not been published due to the pandemic affecting the amount of sampling that could take place. Defra’s press release states: “This is due to the severe impacts on bathing water monitoring and analysis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic

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