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Devon Maritime Forum: January newsletter

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Devon Climate Emergency – “Fishermens’ Kisses” – Marine Climate Change – Journey to the Sea

A belated Happy New Year from the DMF!

Check out our January newsletter…

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 are also special features on the Devon Carbon Plan, Fishermen’s Kisses, the latest MCCIP Report Card, and a new North Devon short film series ‘Journey to the Sea’. Read on to find out more…

Upcoming Events

FEB 4: Exe Estuary Winter Forum 2020 Council Chambers, County Hall, Exeter

FEB 19: Free MEDIN Marine Data Workshop Marine Biological Association, Plymouth

MAR 20: The Devon Nature and Climate Conference Exeter Racecourse

APR 3: South-West Marine Ecosystems Event Plymouth University

Local News

Experts hail success for England’s only wild beavers – A trial of beavers living wild on a Devon river for the first time in centuries more

Rising sea-levels and increased storms pose threat to coastal communities – The rate of coastal erosion around the UK is expected to increase substantially in the future, according to a new study by the University of Plymouth more

South West Water completes £2 million sewer upgrade to benefit Dawlish – South West Water has completed the second and final phase of its £2 million scheme  
Devon-wide review of waste management carbon emissions commissioned – Devon County Council has commissioned a full analysis of the carbon impacts of its waste management services (VGS note: See bottom of the page for link to draft document)

The deadline to submit your ideas for the Devon Carbon Plan is the 31st January 2020!
Public submissions can be made by following a link on the Devon Climate Emergency website. 
To stay updated on the latest DCE news, you can follow them on:

National & International News

Arctic sea ice can’t ‘bounce back’ – Arctic sea ice cannot “quickly bounce back” if climate change causes it to melt more

$5bn fund unveiled for climate-friendly shipping – A group of ship owners have announce plans for a $5bn fund to design zero-emissions vessels more

Climate change: Last decade UK’s ‘second hottest in 100 years’ – A series of new records for high temperature were broken in the UK in 2019 more

UK satellites to help lead the fight against climate change – A new satellite data centre will use cutting-edge satellite technology to help combat climate change more

‘Fishermen’s Kisses’ competition is launched
Cornish NGO Rame Peninsula Beach Care launch new competition in the hope of receiving innovative ideas from fishermen in order to tackle marine pollution in the form of ‘fishermen’s kisses’.
Watch the full video for more details.

Research and Reports

Impacts of Ocean Warming on Kelp Forest Ecosystems(Marine Biological Association)

Shifts in National Land Use and Food Production in Great Britain After a Climate Tipping Point(University of Exeter)

South-West Marine Ecosystems Report 2018 (SWME)

Clam Feeding Plasticity Reduces Herbivore Vulnerability to Ocean Warming and Acidification (University of Plymouth) 

Special Feature Report

This month’s special feature report (given the focus of our last conference) is the Marine Climate Change Impacts: Report Card 2020 by the Marine Climate Change Impacts Partnership (MCCIP).  

The Report Card summarises the latest evidence from 26 topics (many that were not covered during our conference) regarding the physical, ecological, and social and economic impacts of climate change on UK coasts and seas.

photo: Sidmouth coast from the air

Journey to the Sea

Image Credit: Nina Constable
Filmed in North Devon, and following the course of the county’s waterways, this collection of short films is a celebration of Devon’s stunning, diverse habitats – from the wild moors of Dartmoor, to the crashing surf of the coastline and out to the open water around Lundy’s shores, and aims to inspire viewers to take action to protect the UK’s natural world wherever they live.Check out the first episode


The MMO public consultation on the draft South West Marine Plan has now opened. It will run for a period of 12 weeks, closing on 6 April 2020. Draft South West Marine Plan consultation

The MMO would also like to hear from you if are you a decision maker in the South Marine Plan area. Please submit by Friday 28th February 2020.  South Marine Plans Monitoring survey

Environment Agency Challenges and Choices (24 April 2020)

Natural England England Coast Path from Cremyll to Kingswear: comment on proposals (11 March 2020)

Natural England England Coast Path from Combe Martin to Marsland Mouth: comment on proposals (11 March 2020)

North Devon Council Ilfracombe Seafront Masterplan Consultation (27 January 2020 – 9 March 2020)

DEFRA UK Seafood Innovation Fund 

VGS comment: The outcome of DDC’s analysis is shown in this draft document.