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Fisheries Bill enters the House of Commons

Posted 06/07/2020 14:56

The Bill, the first major fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years, has passed the House of Lords and has now entered the House of Commons for further scrutiny.

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Southsea Coastal Scheme Gets Funding

Posted 10/06/2020 11:16

Plans for state-of-the-art new coastal defences in Southsea have been given the green light as government awarded nearly £100m of funding to the project.

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Benyon review Into Highly Protected Marine Areas

Posted 19/06/2020 15:00

In June 2019, the Secretary of State announced a review to examine whether Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), could be introduced. The review concludes that HPMAs are an essential component of the Marine Protected Areas network, and government should introduce them into Secretary of State waters.

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First Anniversary of IoW UNESCO Biosphere

Posted 08/06/2020 11:36

Friday, June 19th, is the first anniversary of the island’s designation as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Local company Artecology are marking the event by collecting together as many Happy Birthday messages as they can. These can simply be short video snippets done on your phone, speaking, or holding up a message, or both. Please send messages to

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Government Confirms Watersports can go Ahead

Posted 13/05/2020 14:54

In guidance issued on 13 May, Government have confirmed that;“All forms of water sports practiced on open waterways, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, rowing, kayaking, surfing, paddle-boarding and the use of privately-owned motorised craft are allowed.”

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Natural England Publishes Updated Climate Change Adaptation Manual

Posted 28/04/2020 11:01

This Adaptation Manual is a resource to support practical and pragmatic decision-making, by bringing together recent science, experience and case studies, and is intended to be an accessible entry point to a range of available resources and tools.

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Emergency fund of up to £10.5 million to support lifeline transport links to the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly

Posted 24/04/2020 14:08

Vital transport links to the mainland for people living on the Isle of Wight and the Isles of Scilly have been safeguarded during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to an emergency package of up to £10.5 million, granted by the government.

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HMS Tamar arrives in Portsmouth

Posted 02/04/2020 15:31

HMS Tamar has arrived in her home port of Portsmouth for the first time, becoming the fourth of five new offshore patrol vessels to be delivered from Glasgow shipyards.

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Plastics and Fishing - End of life fishing industry waste, challenges and opportunities

Posted 01/04/2020 13:21

Exeter University will be hosting a webinar on 'Plastics and Fishing - End of life fishing industry waste, challenges and opportunities for a closed loop system,' on Thursday 16th April 2pm – 3pm (GMT).

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Recreation ReMEDIES’ project launched

Posted 30/01/2020 11:25

The LIFE Recreation ReMEDIES project, led by Natural England, will protect seagrass meadows - a critically endangered EU red listed habitat which are easily damaged and slow to recover.

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Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) Biosecurity Workshop - 11 February

Posted 21/01/2020 14:27

The Wildlife Trusts are delivering an Invasive Non-Native Species (INNS) Biosecurity project across the South East called the RAPID LIFE project. A free marine and coastal invasive species/biosecurity workshop will take place in Portsmouth on 11th February.

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New Solent and Dorset Coast Special Protection Area (SPA)

Posted 16/01/2020 11:30

Environment Minister, Rebecca Pow, has announced a new Solent and Dorset Coast Special Protection Area (SPA) which will span more than 891 km2. The area is the fifth most important foraging site in the UK for little tern and seventh most important for common tern during their breeding season.

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South Marine Plan Annual Monitoring Survey

Posted 09/01/2020 14:27

The East and South Marine Plan annual Monitoring Surveys have been launched. The Surveys are conducted to support MMO knowledge of marine plan application and effectiveness.

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Mitigating recreational impacts on New Forest designated sites

Posted 09/01/2020 14:09

Since 2012 the National Park Authority has sought contributions from new development to ensure potential recreational impacts on the protected habitats of the New Forest are adequately mitigated.

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