A fishing ban at Lindisfarne has been opposed by councillors, with claims by one it would turn it “into a museum”, the BBC has reported. The government is exploring creating a Highly Protected Marine Area (HPMA) which would see commercial and recreational fishing halted.   Conservative-led Northumberland County Council heard this week such a move would “devastate” the […]

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The campaigning organisation, River Action, has written to the new UK Prime Minister and Environment Secretary to congratulate them on their appointments and to urge them to take action to address the state of UK’s rivers. Last week we reported on the Environment Minister’s first day in office and his demand for water company chief […]

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The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs has launched a 12-week consultation on proposals for new water efficiency labelling to protect water supplies and cut energy bills. Based on 2019 prices, the label could save £125 million on water bills and £147 million on energy bills over 10 years, as well as 1,200 million […]

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On 1st September, Defra published a policy paper on Fisheries Management Plans for England. The Defra note stated: The draft joint fisheries statement listed 43 proposed FMPs. Some will be developed jointly by 2 or more fisheries policy authorities, whilst others will be developed by an authority for its own waters. The Joint Fisheries Statement will set out […]

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