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North West Coastal Access Update

Natural England have produced their monthly update on progress in developing the English Coast Path on the North West’s coast. A very short summary is below but there is much more detail in the newsletter which can be downloaded below: Stretch 2: Whitehaven to Silecroft (51 km) – STAGE 5: ‘OPEN’ Stretch 3: Gretna to

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11 North West Beaches Win Awards!

Keep Britain Tidy has announced this year’s award winners for Blue Flag and the Seaside Awards. Only one North West beach has Blue Flag – Blackpool South – but 10 have achieved a Seaside Award. These are: Morecambe North and Morecambe South St Annes Pier Ferry Beach, Rossall Beach and Marine Beach, Fleetwood Jubilee Beach,

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Irish Sea Maritime Forum Summer 2018 Newsletter

The Irish Sea Maritime Forum has published a newsletter for Summer 2018. This includes updates on: The continuing role of Senator Gerry Horkan as ISMF Chairman The Future Celtic Seas Collaboration workshop which took place last year and follow-up activities, such as the ISMF Key Stakeholder Review European Maritime and Fisheries Funding (EMFF) applications The

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General Data Protection Regulations – new North West Coastal Forum Privacy Policy

New General Data Protection Regulations come into force on 25th May 2018. As a result the North West Coastal Forum has undertaken a major review of our databases and contacted everyone we have details for to ensure we are in compliance with the new regulations. For more information how we look after and use contact data please see our

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Consultation: management for West of Walney Marine Conservation Zone

Closes 11:45pm 13th July 2018 The Marine Management Organisation has launched a formal consultation on possible new commercial fisheries management measures within part of the West of Walney Marine Conservation Zone (MCZ). This takes the form of a proposed West of Walney MCZ (specified area) bottom towed fishing gear byelaw 2018 and follows a period

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Consultation: Environmental Principles and Governance after EU Exit

Closes 2nd August 2018. The Government has launched a consultation on the development of an Environmental Principles and Governance Bill. The new legislation is intended to create a new statutory body for England to act as an independent environmental watchdog and hold the Government to account on environmental obligations in the post-Brexit era when there is

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The Shape of the North West Coast Conference – 12 & 13 June, Southport

Book by 25th May. The North West & North Wales Coastal Group and the North West Regional Monitoring Programme are holding a ‘Shape of the North West Coast’ conference on the 12th and 13th June  2018 in Southport. This free, 2 day event aims to bring together all those with an interest in coastal risk management

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North Western Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority Member Recruitment

NW-IFCA application deadline 12:00 Friday 8th June 2018 The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has opened recruitment for new members for the Eastern, North Western, North Eastern and Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs). The North Western IFCA is looking for two new members; interest is welcomed from those with experience and interest in commercial

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Closed – Sustainable Seas Inquiry Launched

  Closed 5 pm on Wednesday 16th May 2018   The Environmental Audit Committee has launched an inquiry on the future of the sea, examining how marine life can be protected from threats such as climate change, overfishing and pollution, and how the Government can create a more sustainable blue economy.   The UK has

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Consultation: Northern Ireland Marine Plan

Closes 15th June 2018 The Northern Ireland Department for Agriculture Environment and Rural Affairs has published the draft Northern Ireland Marine Plan. The plan has been produced as a result of the  Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 and the Marine Act (Northern Ireland) 2013, and will facilitate the sustainable development of Northern Ireland’s inshore and

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