Monday, 17 December 2018

Devon Maritime Forum news

The Devon Maritime Forum will be hosting its Winter Forum in Broughton, North Devon:
Our next conference - Devon Maritime Forum

Meanwhile, one of its steering group members has won a prestigious award:
Scientists earn awards for global impact of microplastics research - University of Plymouth

Here's the DMF newsletter with more details:

The DMF Winter Forum will be held on 
FEBRUARY 5th 2019
at the Saunton Sands Hotel

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to receive updates and booking information

Forum News

DMF Steering Group Member part of winning team for two prestigious NERC Awards

Prof. Richard Thompson OBE, University of Plymouth Marine Institute Director and DMF Steering Group member, has been presented with the Societal Impact and Overall awards from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Presented in London on December 3rd, the award recognised the efforts of the team - representing the Universities of Plymouth and Exeter, and the Plymouth Marine Lab - to "bring the causes and effects of plastic pollution, and in particular microplastics, to the attention of policy makers, industry and the general public globally". Congratulations to all involved!

Upcoming Events

JAN 16th: MEDIN Marine Data Management Workshop (Plymouth)

JAN 23rd - 24th: Coastal Futures Conference (The Royal Geographical Society, London)
FEB 5th: Exe Estuary Management Partnership Winter Forum  (1800 - 2130, Exeter)

FEB 28th: Natural Capital Investment Conference  (The Royal Society, London)



Further details to follow soon
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Local News

Plymouth City Council submits funding bid for National Marine Park
The bid, which could see £250,000 awarded for a feasibility study into the Marine Park, was submitted by the Council to the EU and Defra with support from a range of organisations including Natural England, University of Plymouth, Plymouth Marine Lab, and the BLUE Marine Foundation... more

A North Devon Beach clean participant has unearthed an almost perfectly-preserved crisp packet, believed to be over 50 years old, highlighting the scale of the plastic pollution problem... more

The Committee on Climate Change has found that coastal parts of Devon and Cornwall are at risk of being washed into the sea in the next 80 years... more

This month the University of Plymouth has launched a new MSc Marine Conservation programme, the only one in the UK to be delivered in partnership with a suite of regional, national and international marine conservation practitioners. Due to accept its first students in September 2019 the course is now open for applications with a limited number of places available... more

Brexit News

Government launches landmark Fisheries Bill which will allow the UK to "regain control" of territorial waters post-Brexit... more
Sustainable Seas Inquiry: The challenges of managing and researching the marine environment post-Brexit... more

Fisheries White Paper: Read the full summary of responses to DEFRA's Fisheries consultation... more 

National & International News

Deep-sea shark nursery found in Irish waters: The discovery, the largest of its kind in Irish waters, was made by the SeaRover during a survey conducted by the Irish Marine Institute and its partners, including Plymouth University... more

Increase in marine refuges as international community creeps towards 2020 goals: Nearly 7% of world oceans now have protected status although their effectiveness is often hindered by poor management... more

Member States are failing to implement measures agreed in the Common Fisheries Policy: Only one of 46 actions assessed by WWF had been implemented, meaning key 2020 targets are likely to be missed, a report published this week has found... more

Research and Reports

Cefas and University of Exeter to launch study aiming to discover more about the migratory patterns of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna... more
(University of Exeter)

North Devon beaches are still struggling to recover from the winter 2013/14 storms... more 
(University of Plymouth)
£1million grant to fund two-year investigation in the Chagos Archipelago to understand the impacts of human activity on remote marine environments... more
(University of Plymouth)

Seascape Assessment for the South West.. more
(The Marine Management Organisation)


DEFRA: Proposed changes to Marine Licensing Exemptions (14th Dec)... more 

SBFC UK: Regional assessment of Bass Fisheries (31st Dec)... more
Environment Agency: [OUTCOME] Proposals for navigation boat registration charges 2019 to 2021... more

DEFRA: Net biodiversity gain (10th Feb)... more

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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