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Fisheries Bill becomes law

Posted 24/11/2020 11:39

The Fisheries Bill has received Royal Assent after 10 months in Parliament. It will enable the UK to control who fishes in our waters through a new foreign vessel licencing regime and ends the current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in UK waters.

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Turbine Hall at Fawley Power Station Demolished

Posted 19/11/2020 14:01

A controlled blast has brought down part of the turbine hall at Fawley Power Station. The explosion was carried out on the southern half of the hall - its roof was removed just over a year ago. The station's landmark chimney is yet to be demolished.

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The Nature Recovery Network (NRN)

Posted 18/11/2020 14:43

The Nature Recovery Network (NRN) Delivery Partnership, led by Natural England, brings together representatives from over 600 organisations to drive forward the restoration of protected sites and landscapes.

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Local Leaders Demanding Investment in Green Maritime Infrastructure and Technology

Posted 08/10/2020 11:40

Local leaders have co-signed a letter calling on the Chancellor to invest £1bn in the maritime sector to kick-start a world-leading maritime decarbonisation programme, creating tens of thousands of new green jobs as part of a green industrial revolution.

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Havant Borough Council enable nitrate neutral regeneration and redevelopment

Posted 11/09/2020 12:11

Environment Minister Rebecca Pow MP has visited Havant as its borough council became the first local authority in the country to enable regeneration and redevelopment through the novel solution of creating a nature reserve.

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The People and Nature Survey for England

Posted 11/09/2020 12:14

Government has published interim experimental indicators from the People and Nature Survey, covering the period 1-31 July 2020, to understand the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on how people use the natural environment in England.

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Solent’s coastal habitats provide crucial environmental benefits

Posted 26/08/2020 15:00

The Solent’s coastal habitats provide the equivalent of over £1.1 billion in environmental benefits every year, according to a new study by researchers from the University of Portsmouth and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

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Revisiting a 3D printed artificial reef

Posted 25/08/2020 09:54

In March, just before Covid-19 locked down the UK, a team from Bournemouth University (BU) installed 3D printed artificial reef blocks in Poole Bay. At the end of July, after four months, the team were able to get back in the water to see whether any marine life had started to call the reef home. View the findings.

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Fawley power station site: New homes plan approved

Posted 28/07/2020 15:59

A £1bn plan to build a 1,380-home community on the site of Fawley Power Station has been given the go-ahead.

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National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England

Posted 15/07/2020 16:35

The Environment Agency has published a strategy that sets out a vision of a nation ready for, and resilient to, flooding and coastal change to the year 2100.

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Government unveils new long-term plan to tackle flooding

Posted 14/07/2020 09:28

A new plan details investment of £5.2 billion to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 properties in England by 2027.

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Southsea Coastal Scheme Gets Funding

Posted 10/06/2020 11:16

Plans for state-of-the-art new coastal defences in Southsea have been given the green light as government awarded nearly £100m of funding to the project.

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Benyon review Into Highly Protected Marine Areas

Posted 19/06/2020 15:00

In June 2019, the Secretary of State announced a review to examine whether Highly Protected Marine Areas (HPMAs), could be introduced. The review concludes that HPMAs are an essential component of the Marine Protected Areas network, and government should introduce them into Secretary of State waters.

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First Anniversary of IoW UNESCO Biosphere

Posted 08/06/2020 11:36

Friday, June 19th, is the first anniversary of the island’s designation as a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. Local company Artecology are marking the event by collecting together as many Happy Birthday messages as they can. These can simply be short video snippets done on your phone, speaking, or holding up a message, or both. Please send messages to

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