Defra spending  Economists at RSPB & The Wildlife Trusts say Defra is being hit with the biggest cuts http://www.rspb.org.uk/news/409659-rspb-and-the-wildlife-trusts-criticise-decision-to-cut-funding-for-environment-by-up-to-40?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=News  ADAS – research collaborations being cut https://www.fginsight.com/news/defra-starts-pulling-the-plug-on-research-projects-as-spending-cuts-bite-7783 The Environmental Audit Committee has commissioned the National Audit Office to audit the Treasury’s Spending Review process for its environmental impact.  Statement from the Chair Environmental Audit Committee Chair, […]

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Fishing Focus Issue 38 Although this issue is dominated by fuller explanations of the Demersal landings obligation there are also updates from Defra on: Bass fishing Marine Licensing Inshore fishing activities Fisheries management in MPAs Implications of climate change The MMO Marine Information system To read this go to: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/fishing-focus-issue-38-autumn-2015?cm_mid=5109943&cm_crmid=00abff55-f721-e311-a13d-00155d00012f&cm_medium=email  

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Defra ‘The Government’s commitment to sustainable agriculture and improving the environment is delivered through a range of tools, initiatives and best practice. These aim to protect and improve the water environment and support competitive agriculture. We need a combination of different actions to tackle agricultural diffuse pollution of water effectively.  Some action will happen as […]

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Elizabeth Truss speech to Wildlife & Countryside Link (Sept 15th) https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/elizabeth-truss-speech-to-the-wildlife-and-countryside-link  This speech at the meeting which saw the launch of the Blueprint for Water’s vision   The speech is a very strange mix of the well-trodden Government path of supporting all things farming and economic with very little mention of nature conservation. It highlighted a […]

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This issue covers:   John Robb’s retirement – Tanya Arkle is the interim Director Protecting Bass Sustainable fishing and MSY An update on scallop management Update on the discard ban Seafish’s Corporate plan   Contact russ.greenwood@defra.gsi.gov.uk to sign up

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