News in brief
Maine wants lobster fisheriescertified sustainable
According to the Associated Press,the US Maine lobster industry isseeking to have its lobster certifiedas sustainable by the London-based Marine Stewardship Council.
Local communities to share stories ofthe East Anglian coast
Pamela Pearson,also known as‘the WallaseaMermaid’, will bethe first person toshare her story aspart of
Holding Back the Tide
–anew HeritageLottery fundedproject deliveredby CoastNet.Pamela grew up on the banks of theCrouch Estuary in Essex where herparents ran the Wallasea Yacht Club.Pictured here, at the age of 20, in herhomemade mermaid’s tail you canunderstand why she went on to be aprofessional synchronised swimmer –having nursed her passion for beingon and in the waters of the Crouchfrom a young age.
Imcore to begin whereCorepoint ends
Imcore, Innovative Management forCoastal Resources, is an InterregIVB project and successor to theCorepoint project. Provisionallyapproved by the North West EuropeProgramme, Imcore will enablemany of the Corepoint partners tocontinue to work together and applylessons learned and techniquesdeveloped to the issue of climatechange in coastal areas. It is hopedthat the project will start in April.
CoastNet working in Wales
CoastNet has won a contract tosupportCCW (Countryside Councilfor Wales) in taking forward the‘Making the most of the coast’initiative in North West Wales. Itsfocus will be the Menai Straight andConwy Bay Natura 2000 natureconservation site, but taking intoaccount the wider priorities andpressures in that area of NW Wales.CoastNet will be working with localand regional stakeholders to identifythe best approach to the creation ofasustainable coastal managementframework and action plan.
For more information contactSuzanne Gattrell,Project Coordinator:firstname.lastname@example.org
The project will involve collectingstories, pictures and artefacts fromEast Anglian communities to tellstories of coastal change in theregion over the past 50 years ormore and culminate in a travellingexhibition that celebrates thiscoast and changes faced as told byits inhabitants.“The telling and sharing of storiescan generate great pride in bothindividuals and communities, as wellas reinforcing the value of the coastitself”,says CoastNet’s newest teammember, Suzanne Gattrell, who iscoordinating the project.
News in brief
Caribbean countries plan earlytsunami warning system by 2010
Caribbean nations will set up a jointtsunami early warning centre by2010, governments agreed at ameeting in Panama in March.Supporters want the centre to relayinformation from national geologicalinstitutes across the region, thatcould help prevent deaths andinfrastructure damage in the eventof a tsunami.
Mediterranean tuna fleet in race forthe last bluefin
The most comprehensive analysis yetof the Mediterranean bluefin tuna fleetshows it conservatively having twicethe fishing capacity of current quotasand more than three and a half timesthe catchlevels recommended byscientists to avoid stockcollapseaccording to a new report by WWF,
Race for the last bluefin.
The fleet is so bloated that justcovering its costs implies that a thirdof its fishing would be illegal, with theworst over-capacity culprits beingTurkey, Italy, Croatia, Libya, Franceand Spain says the report.WWF is calling on concernedcountries to dramatically reducecapacity in this fishery as a matter ofurgency ahead of the 2008 fishingseason that starts end-April.
Uncovering the mysteries ofoceanic bacteria
Ateam of MIT researchersis trying tounderstand how microbes living in theoceans play a critical role in regulatingEarth’senvironment. The researchershave devised a new method to analysegene expression in complex microbialpopulations and say the work couldhelp better understand how oceansrespond to climate change.
IMO to discuss shipping carbonemissions cuts
The International MaritimeOrganisation (IMO) is to discussbinding measures to reduce carbondioxide emissions from internationalshipping. In April the body’smarineenvironment protection committee willexplore a range of options for tacklingthe issue.
Wind and wave developments
Anew study commissioned by theScottish government has found thatwind turbines will not put tourists offvisiting Scotland. According toresearchers at Glasgow’s CaledonianUniversity carrying out the survey,three-quarters of visitors surveyedsaid wind farms had a positive orneutral effect on the landscape, and97% said wind farms would have noimpact on their decision to visitScotland again.This is good news for the plethora ofwind and wave developmentprogrammes in the pipeline orunderway such as that by British Gasowner,Centrica, who is now set topush ahead with one of the UK's mostambitious offshore wind generationbuilding programmes offtheLincolnshire coast after it secured along-term contract on the MVResolution, the world's largestturbine-installing barge.Spanish company Iberdrola has alsobegun testing its wave energy pilot inSantoña, Cantabria, which willbecome the first of this kind tobe installed in Europe. And UK tidalenergy firm, Marine Current Turbineshas announced its plans to install theworld's first commercial scale, grid-connected tidal energy generator atStrangford Lough in Northern Irelandlate in April. The project is expectedto generate enough electricity for1,000homes.In North America, proposals for adeep water farm offthe coast ofMartha's Vineyard has been met withenthusiasm while the Pacific Gas &Electric Corporation were given apermit to study and possibly developwave energy off the coast ofNorthern California.
Greatest glacier ice loss recorded
Latest official figures from theWorld Glacier Monitoring Serviceshow that the world’s glaciers areshrinking at record rates and manycould disappear within decades,the UN Environment Programmereports. Data from close to 30reference glaciersin nine mountainranges indicate that between theyears2004-2005 and 2005-2006 theaverage rate of melting andthinning more than doubled.
North Pacific right whale receivesnew legal protection
The US federal government inMarch declared the North Pacificright whale ‘endangered’ under thefederal Endangered Species Act,following petitions and litigationfrom the Center for BiologicalDiveristy. The whale, once rangingfrom California to Alaska and acrossthe North Pacific to Russia andJapan, is now the most endangeredlarge whale in the world.
TV Coast’s, Mark Horton,speaks at APPG
The Coastal andMarine All PartyParliamentaryGroup held its AGMin February with DrMark Horton from the popular
series delivering apassionate address on the majorchallenges facing the UK’scoast.His enthusiasm for the coast, andconcern for the threatenedcoastal heritage and archaeologystimulated contributions from theaudience and a lengthydebate.See www.coastnet.org.uk forthe conference outputs.
Solutions focus provesasuccess for SEAconference
CoastNet’s first conference of2008, on Strategic EnvironmentalAssessment, proved yet again thepopularity of CoastNet-styleconferences with a strongemphasis on practical problemsand solutions to implementationof SEA in coastal and marinesituations. The approach wascomplemented by some thought-provoking contributions on therole of SEA in environmental justice, and on SEA as a learningtool for sustainable development.Beverley Walker, of RoyalHaskoning Scotland, who made akeynote presentation commented,“It’s the best conference I havebeen to for years”.