In a speech to the Coastal Futures Conference in January 2021, Environment Minister Rebecca Pow declared 2021 to be a ‘Marine Super Year’, stating that the UK would use its presidency of COP26 to lead calls to restore the marine environment to health. The Minister stressed that global leadership ‘‘really starts with our ambition and […]

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The Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP), working closely with the UK Overseas Territories (UKOTs) has published the first comprehensive assessment of climate change impacts on coasts and seas across the UKOTs. It highlights the UKOTs climate challenges and showcases where they are working with nature to build resilience to climate change. Focusing on six […]

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Seasonal closures to protect spawning cod in the Firth of Clyde that have been in place for the past 20 years are due to continue in 2022 and 2023, but with additional measures. Since its introduction, the Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) for the annual closure of the spawning ground has included exemptions to allow Nephrops […]

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A global study of the impacts of bottom trawling reports undertaken by Bangor University with collaborating research institutes and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, builds on recent international collaboration. It brings together data from 24 large marine regions around the world to establish a relationship between distribution and intensity of trawling […]

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