Category: Current News

New Report Shows Recreational Sea Anglers Want Their Voice Heard

Recreational sea anglers are calling for greater consideration of their needs and better regulation of commercial fishing practices, says new study. The report by Substance and Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (Cefas), funded by Defra, has provided insight into what recreational sea anglers value most when considering fisheries management. Recreational sea anglers want… Read more »

Crown Estate Scotland Launches New Fund

Crown Estate Scotland has just launched a new fund designed to support local regeneration and sustainable development around Scotland’s coast. The Sustainable Communities Fund is made up of two different programmes. Total investment across the two programmes could reach £750,000 over the next three years. The Community Capacity Grants Programme is open to all communities… Read more »

Two projects Set to Transform Whitehaven Harbour

Whitehaven Harbour Commissioners are leading on a multi-million pound programme to make Whitehaven the tourism capital of the Cumbrian coastline. A £3.6 million coastal activities centre called ‘The Edge’ is being funded by Sellafield Ltd and the Coastal Communities Fund. Work on the project began earlier this month and is expected to open its doors in… Read more »

Scottish Government Carries Out New Research into Marine Renewables

Scottish Government Marine Research has carried out research which gives new insights on seabird behaviour and best practice methods for licensing. This will help government and industry better understand the implications of marine renewables on seabirds. The papers, which have been produced through the Scottish Government’s Scottish Marine Research Energy Programme (ScotMER) used a mixture… Read more »

Natural England Produces a New Countryside Code Poster for England

Solway Coast AONB

Natural England have produced a new Countryside Code Poster for England. This helps people understand how they should behave in the countryside. Click on the poster to open the full details. Or download the poster here

Get to the Coast in National Marine Week!

Running from the 28 July to 12 August, to take advantage of the tides, National Marine Week is a chance to celebrate the wonderful wildlife found in the seas around the UK, and our relationship with this incredible habitat that surrounds us. No matter where you are in the UK, there’s plenty to celebrate: our seas… Read more »

Wrecks in Kirkcudbright Bay – Join the Webinar

Dont forget to join the SCAPE Trust for a talk about the maritime history of Kirkcudbright Bay and the Fauna & Monreith wrecks.  This online event takes place online from 7.30pm to 9.00pm on Wednesday 12 August. Solway Firth Partnership brought the SCAPE Trust to Kirkcudbright Bay last year,  as part of the Galloway Glens… Read more »

Allerdale Local Plan (Part 2) Now Adopted

Allerdale Borough Council has formally adopted the Allerdale Local Plan (Part 2) at a virtual meeting of the Full Council on 22 July 2020. This follows receipt of the Inspectors report on 09 January 2020 concluding that the Local Plan is legally compliant and sound subject to the Inspector’s recommended modifications. These modifications are now… Read more »

Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy (2019): consultation analysis report published

Marine Scotland has now published the consultation analysis report on the draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy. The Scottish Government published the draft Plan  on 18 December 2019 and the consultation ran until 25 March 2020, a total of 14 weeks. The draft Plan is accompanied by seven supporting documents; Strategic Environmental Assessment… Read more »

The MMO launches their vision for the next 10 years


The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has launched its vision document: ‘MMO – The Next Ten Years’. This sets out the MMO’s aims and how it will achieve its bold ambitions for a prosperous future for our seas, coasts and communities. The MMO Vision is, ‘A prosperous future for our seas, coasts and communities’. They further… Read more »