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- ***Registration Now Open*** for the the Devon Maritime Forum Winter17 ‘Coastal Tourism’ Conference ‘Selling the Seaside: Opportunities and Challenges for Marine and Coastal Tourism in South West England’ The Devon Hotel, Exeter, 10th January, 2017
- A Brexit Blueprint for Sustainable Seas A new White Paper from Dr Steve Hull ABPmer
- European nature laws declared fit for purpose (Wildlife Trusts)
- UK’s major environmental organisations unite to highlight “once in a generation opportunity” for the environment as UK exits the EU (Wildlife Trusts)
- UK fishermen’s federations adopt united stance on Brexit (NFFO)
Special Feature: Ballast Water Management
Some members of DMF will be aware of the issue of the transfer of invasive species around the globe in ships’ ballast water. This issue has caused a number of catastrophes around the globe, including the deaths of nearly 10,000 people in Peru from a cholera bacterium that got into the local water supply. You may also be aware that the International Maritime Organisation drew up a convention to prevent this as long ago as 2004. However, it was only to come into force twelve months after 30 nations had signed up to it, representing 35% of global shipping tonnage. We long since topped the 30 nations, but only on the 7th September past did Finland sign and tipped the tonnage percentage over the required figure. The new regulations will therefore come into effect on the 7th September next year. There remains a great deal of confusion as to how these regulations will be implemented, and this is creating potential risks.
- Over-complicated procedures will create added costs and burdens on ports and shipowners, to the detriment of international trade, or…
- Countries will consider the matter to be too complicated, and systems of compliance will be theoretical only and will fail to achieve the legitimate goal behind the legislation.
The South West has taken a lead in trying to create a satisfactory set of protocols, and a Community Interest Company has been formed to bring together an influential international grouping to agree on practical steps. Membership of the grouping already comprises or hopes to comprise representation from Gibraltar, South of France, Cyprus, South Africa, California, Panama and New Zealand. The Community Interest Company is called Consortium for Invasive Species Management, and the Chief Scientist, Dr David Wright, is the Co-Chair of the IMarEST Ballast Water Experts Group and the Emeritus Professor of Environmental Toxicology at the University of Maryland.
If anyone has a particular interest in this subject or wants to know more, they should contact Chris Marrow on firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Council replenishes eastern end of Sidmouth beach with storm shingle deposits (East Devon district Council)
- South Devon Coastal Local Action Group (LAG) awarded over £1.5 million to allocate to business projects which assist business growth, productivity and create jobs (South Hams District Council)
- Plans for five star hotel overlooking Hoe unveiled (Plymouth City Council)
- Appledore Fish Dock making headway to a brighter future (Torridge District Council)
- Plans to enhance Barnstaple’s waterfront move forward (North Devon District Council)
- Signs of a salmon resurgence on Somerset river (Environment Agency)
- Bass: Ban on Gill Net Fisheries “Misguided and Harmful” (NFFO)
- Government’s Scientists’ New Proposals To Help Restore England’s Seas Are Welcomed By Leading Conservation Charities (Marine Conservation Society)
- Squid may become favourite UK meal as seas become warmer (BBC)
Research and Reports
- Report – Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment – The national survey on people and the natural environment – Visits to coastal England (Natural England)
- Research – Experts secure £5 million grant to protect and enhance the South West’s ‘natural capital’ (Plymouth University/University of Exeter/PML)
- Research – Beaches devastated by extreme storms showing little signs of recovery, study shows (Plymouth University)
- Research – Beach litter study finds rise in polystyrene foam, balloons and fishing nets (University of Exeter/PML)
- Research – Ocean acidification study offers warnings for marine life habitats (PML)
- Research – Is valuing biodiversity a useful way to manage and conserve marine resources? (PML)
- MMO seek public’s views on disposal options in South West – Consultation Closes: 23rd December
- Marine Management Organisation: Draft South Marine Plan Consultation – Consultation Closes: 27th January 2017