Thursday, 14 March 2019

Devon Maritime Forum > March newsletter

Some great things going on in the maritime world - as posted by the DMF in their latest newsletter:

We hope you had a fantastic February and a marvellous start to March, here is the latest newsletter from the DMF!

This month's newsletter features your usual roundup of local and national stories, key marine research and reports and information on consultations you can get involved with. There's also the latest on our Marine Pledge campaign and how you can get involved and a special feature on the 'SeaBin' project'. Read on to find out more...

Forum News

The Devon Maritime Forum are taking part in the Year of Green Action

alongside the Devon Local Nature Partnership and will be collaborating with partners around a monthly theme.

Those who attended the #DMF19 Winter conference will be familiar with the Marine Pledge campaign (below) which will be launched soon.


We are looking for locations to send the pledge cards to enable them to reach a wide and diverse audience. If your organisation regularly sees members of the public and would like to be a host for the pledge cards, please contact jay.boyle@devon.gov.uk

Upcoming Events

MAR 18-22: Collecting and Identifying Seaweeds (Beginner and Advanced Sessions) The Marine Biological Association, Plymouth

MAR 23-24: Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Annual Conference St Fagan's Museum Cardiff

MAR 19: The Birds of the Exe Estuary (Talk) Methodist Church Hall, Bovey Tracey

APR 12: The South West Marine Ecosystem Conference The Roland Levinsky building, Plymouth University

Local News

Drinking water fountains could be installed all over Plymouth three could appear before the summer and a fourth will be put in at Central Park more

Cabinet Minister sees world-leading marine and maritime excellence in action the Rt Hon David Lidington CBE MP, has seen first-hand how the University of Plymouth is carrying out world-leading research more

New Exmouth water sport centre 'to be open by summer 2020' a final agreement between developers Grenadier and East Devon District Council will be signed off more

South West Water leads ReFill revolution to combat plastic pollution South West Water is making 3,000 refillable bottles available to communities in Devon and Cornwall more

CONGRATULATIONS: East Devon’s Seaton Wetlands awarded top national accolade popular wildlife haven is runner-up in Best Nature Reserve category in BBC Countryfile Magazine’s 2019 Awards more

National & International News

Plymouth University leads first UK-wide assessment of changes in plankton community scientists have completed the first ever assessment of how plankton communities are changing in coastal waters and shelf seas around the UK more

Fishermen’s beacons stop sea life dying in lost nets fishing nets and pots lost or abandoned at sea are far more lethal to marine life more

Strengthened protections for Isles of Scilly seabirds Natural England announces plans to extend Isles of Scilly Special Protection Area by almost 13,000 hectares more

How plastic from clothing gets into seafood microplastics, meaning any plastic object smaller than 5 millimeters, constitute the vast majority of plastics polluting marine habitats more

BP Marine Unveils New Very Low Sulphur Marine Fuel BP Marine, part of British oil and gas major BP, is starting the sale of very low sulphur fuel oil more

Plymouth to trial innovative new Sea Bin to tackle plastic pollution

A new ‘Sea Bin’ is to be trialled as part of the city’s ongoing commitment to tackle plastic pollution.

A Sea Bin is a floating rubbish bin that can capture annually 90,000 plastic bags, 35,700 disposable cups or 16,500 plastic bottles. It is one of the latest projects to be developed to support the Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City Plan for Plastics, led by the city’s Plastics Taskforce which is made up of a range of local partners more

Find out more about the SeaBin Project

Marine Management Organisation (MMO)
South West Marine Plan

The UK Marine Management Organisation (MMO) Iteration 3 for marine planning for the emerging South West Plan is STILL OPEN.

If you want to have your say on:
preferred draft policies;
draft supporting text for policies including on implementation; and
the next steps in marine planning.

Simply fill out the survey online by 29th March 2019.

Research and Reports

Marine Heatwaves Destroy Ocean Ecosystems Like Wildfires Destroy Forests more (Nature Climate Change)

Revised Salmon and Trout Protection Byelaws more (Environment Agency)

Scientists use acoustic tracking of marine predators to assess positive impacts of offshore mussel farms more (University of Plymouth)

Coastal Change Management Areas Opportunities for sustainable solutions in areas subject to coastal change more (Natural England / Royal Haskoning)

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park

'A gift from the city to itself - study creates a blueprint for city marine parks'

Experts in maritime law, marine ecology, marine policy, social science and ecological economics led new research more


Marine Management Organisation: Iteration 3 online engagement (29 Mar)

DEFRA Consultation on the introduction of catch recording for licensed fishing vessels under 10 metres in length (2 Apr)

Devon & Severn IFCA Diving Permit Conditions (12 Apr)
Devon & Severn IFCA Potting Permit Conditions (12 Apr)

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Strengthening the UK’s offshore oil and gas decommissioning industry: call for evidence (8 May)

Sea-Changers marine conservation charities and not-for-profit organisations funding application

If you have any news or events that you would like included in the next edition of the DMF newsletter please get in touch

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