Thursday, 17 January 2019

Devon Maritime Forum new year news

Some good things going on at the Devon Maritime Forum:
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With more from the DMF:

Happy 2019 and welcome back from the DMF!

We hope you all had a restful Christmas!
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 a special feature on the Plymouth Sound Marine National Park bid, registration information for our winter conference #DMF2019 and finally the welcome return of our Forum Coordinator, Dr. Steve Guilbert! Read on to find out more...

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

Bookings now open
Call Rowena Garne on 01392 382804 to reserve your space

Cost of the full-day event is £35 per head including refreshments and lunch

Please let us know about any special or dietary requirements when booking
Further details can be found on our website

Forum News

Welcome Back Steve!

The DMF is delighted announce the return of our Forum Coordinator Dr. Steven Guilbert

Steve joined the DMF in January 2013 having previously worked in academia and undertaken a number of social/environmental research projects including a three-year doctoral study of Devon’s estuarine salmon seine-net fishery.  Starting work for the DMF in Exeter, Steve remarked, represented a personal return to the county of his birth and a professional return to the marine and coastal sector: both of which he felt passionate about and hoped to be a strong advocate of!

A message to our valued Forum members....

"Having spent almost exactly a year away, I cannot tell you how happy I am to be finally returning to the Forum and able to engage again with the challenges and the characters of the marine/maritime sector in this amazing part of the world.  A year is (and seemed) like a long time, and while many things are as before and business as usual (at the time of writing we are no clearer what post-Brexit means for the marine and maritime sectors than when I left), there is, I think, a tangible increased sense of the value of our natural environment and an increased sense of urgency to do something to protect and enhance these irreplaceable assets.  Business as usually is looking less and less like a sensible option.  So much for an easy return to work!

Many thanks to all those who sent best wishes and I look forward to seeing some of you at the forthcoming DMF Winter Forum in Saunton, and catching up with the rest of you over the next few months" 

- Steve Guilbert

Upcoming Events



Call Rowena Garne on 01392 382804 to reserve your space

JAN 21st-25th: Sustainable Earth Institute Research Festival (Plymouth)

JAN 23rd-24th: Coastal Futures (RGS, London)

FEB 5th: Exe Estuary Management Partnership Winter Forum  (1800 - 2130, Exeter)
FEB 5th-7th: MMO Marine Planning South West: Policy Development Workshops
(Newquay, Totnes and Taunton)
Online booking required

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

Local News

The South West's longest "fatberg" has been discovered in Sidmouth and is expected to take engineers eight weeks to remove from the sewers under The Esplanade... more 
The Royal Marines 3 Commando Brigade will remain in Plymouth, their "spiritual home" Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has confirmed... more

A "mass unwrap" is being held at Tesco stores around North Devon by Plastic Free North Devon and Surfers Against Sewage this Saturday to highlight the issue of single use plastic... more

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park

Plymouth City Council's bid to become the first National Marine Park is well and truly underway after a meeting on January 15th saw senior councillors vote to move ahead with the project, which has been given £75,000 in Government funding... more

PCC have also released an Engagement Document and launched an online consultation which will run until February 26th 2019 in order to hear public views on the proposals. 
Video source: Plymouth City Council

National & International News

A "Blue Belt" could save 4 million square kilometres of ocean in the UK and it's overseas territories by 2020... more

DEFRA has continued publication of key Brexit documents and advice relating to major environmental legislation, including that on a No-Deal Scenario... more
Japan's Foreign Ministry has issued a rebuttal to an editorial piece in The New York Times criticising the country's decision to leave the IWC... more
Indonesia's Anak Krakatoa caused widespread destruction after an eruption in December triggered a tsunami... more

Research and Reports

The deep sea needs "joined-up global governance" to protect it from the threat of human activity, including mining at depth... more
(University of Exeter)
The 2nd CMEMS Ocean State Report shows a worrying decline in marine health... more 
(Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service)

A study in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, has found climate-induced "feminisation" of Green turtles could see up to 93% born female by 2100... more
(University of Exeter)


D&S IFCA: A Call for Information on Crab Tiles
Your view is important. D&S IFCA is inviting you to have your say on how, in your view, the use of crab tiles could or should be managed in the D&S IFCA District. 
This information gathering exercise is part one of a three phase approach and forms part of a larger plan for D&S IFCA to begin the task of reviewing the management of Hand Working Fishing Activities. Later in 2019 there will be more focus on bait digging and some other hand gathering fishing activities
For more about the call for information please see the D&S IFCA electronic flyer, or, to submit what you know you can complete the call for information online survey form.

The call for information will end on February 8th 2019

DEFRA: 25 Year Environment Plan: Measuring progress (25th Jan)... more

Department for Transport: Ilfracombe Harbour pilotage function removal (17th Feb)... more
DEFRA: Biodiversity net gain: Updating planning requirements (10th Feb)... more

DEFRA: Single use carrier bags: extending and increasing the charge (22nd Feb)... more

Cefas: The Fisheries Science Project has launched a call for research proposals for the next financial year in a bid to get more fishers involved in commissioning projects that will benefit the industry ... more

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