Notification of publication of Coastal Access Report: Portsmouth to South Hayling
On Wednesday 19 July 2017 Natural England submitted its report to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs setting out its proposals for improved access to the coast between Portsmouth to South Hayling. These proposals form part of a programme to establish a continuous walking route around England’s coastline, as set out in the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 (MCA).
Bird Aware Solent - Consultation on Definitive Mitigation Strategy
The Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership (SRMP) is the formal name for the Bird Aware Solent initiative.
Self-service for Marine Licences
The MMO has introduced an automated process for obtaining permission to carry out activities which are a low risk to the marine environment. Applicants are now able to self-assess their proposals against specific criteria using a new assistance tool. Where projects qualify they can complete an online form and instantly get a licence for their activity.
View the new UK 2015 national dataset of marine vessel traffic
ABPmer has made available for viewing a new national dataset of marine vessel traffic for the UK.
Southern Water Bathing Water enhancement programme
Southern Water have now identified the seven locations where they will work with local authorities, the Environment Agency and other organisations to find and fix the causes of pollution which are preventing the bathing water from being consistently rated Excellent.
Ultra-large MOL Triumph container ship docks in Southampton - 11/5/17
The biggest ship to dock in the UK has arrived in Southampton. The 400m-long MOL Triumph is the first of a new type of ultra-large container vessel to enter service this year. Its operators claim it is more fuel efficient than previous carriers. Built by Samsung in South Korea, the ship will run between Chinese and European ports. It can hold the equivalent of 20,170 containers.
EAC Publishes Critical Report on MPA Progress
The Environmental Audit Committee is disappointed with the government's lack of ambition on designated Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).
Major New Investment at Fawley
Hampshire's biggest heavy industrial site has seen a £28m investment. ExxonMobil has pumped the cash into Fawley Refinery where they have built a new plant to produce Isopar products – described as a “new family” of solvents – which are used as a base in paints, inks, air fresheners and cosmetics.
Island coastal studies planned
The Isle of Wight Council is to undertake two studies to understand the future coastal erosion and coastal flood defence needs of Sandown Bay and Ventnor.
New Green Wildlife Guide for Boaters - 3/3/17
The Green Wildlife Guide for Boaters, the latest addition to The Green Blue’s suite of handy leaflets, is designed to advise boaters on how to get the best experience out of their wildlife encounters by acting responsibly and cautiously to minimise the risk of disturbance while keeping participants and their boats safe. To complement the guide, The Green Blue is also launching Writing a Green Wildlife Guide for Boaters to help non-boating specific organisations when developing local codes of practice for water users. Visit the Guide.