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Devon Maritime Forum: March newsletter

  • by JW
Devon Maritime Forum News Bulletin – March 2021
Hello and welcome to March’s DMF News Bulletin.  In this month’s edition we signpost you to a number of forthcoming free EVENTS; let you have a look at the latest RESEARCH + REPORTS coming out of our own world class institutions and elsewhere; round-up notable marine and coastal REGIONAL + LOCAL NEWS; and shine a sectoral spotlight on our MARINE AND COASTAL ECONOMY.
South-West Marine Ecosystems 2021 Webinars
Excellent series of free webinars covering a broad range of topics examining ‘The State of the South West’s Seas’.  Sign-up to receive more programme information and details on how to attend forthcoming webinars and watch previous recordings.Marine Climate Change Impact Partnership (MCCIP)
Free webinar series organised and hosted by the MCCIP looking at key challenges and emerging issues in the marine climate change science and policy sphere.

Oceansgate Marine Technology Webinar Series
Free webinar series organised by Oceansgate in partnership with Maritime UK SW.  The next event which takes place on Wednesday 24th March 11:00-11:45 is the live network launch of Smart Sound Connect, part of the  Marine Business Technology Centre’s (MBTC) testing and proving ground Smart Sound Plymouth.

South West Marine Plan – Implementation Workshops
As the South West Marine Plan approaches formal adoption, the Marine Management Organisation is beginning another round of implementation meetings.  These are primarily aimed at Local Authority officers but are open to anyone and there no limits on numbers.  Forthcoming dates/times: 31st March 2021 09:30 am; and the 20th April 2021 10:00 am.  For more information and to book your place please contact:

Marine Pioneer – Final Summary and Recommendations
Interactive PDF providing a summary of all the work carried out by the Marine Pioneer in Suffolk and North Devon between 2017 and 2020. The Marine Pioneer tested ways to deliver the ambition of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (2018) and the pdf also details the recommendations for applying a natural capital approach, integrating planning and delivery, using innovative finance, managing fisheries, managing marine protected areas, empowering communities and applying a net gain principle.Global Ecosystems Typology
New report/tool produced by the IUCN providing a comprehensive classification framework for Earth’s ecosystems that integrates their functional and compositional features. This new typology, they suggest, will help identify the ecosystems that are most critical for biodiversity conservation, research, management and human wellbeing into the future.

National Trust Climate Change Hazard Map
National Trust developed ‘game-changing’ hazard map that illustrates the threat climate change poses to the places it is responsible for. Working to a worst-case model, the map plots places alongside existing data on climate change related events, such as flooding and coastal erosion. It’s the first map of its kind that plots data in this way and will help the Trust identify the hazard level facing these places and pinpoint locations that may need interventions.

Dead Loss: The high cost of poor farming practices and mortalities on salmon farms
Report commissioned by Changing Markets Foundation and carried out by Just Economics arguing that global salmon farming is harming marine life and costing billions in damage, with  pollution, parasites and fish mortality rates costing an estimated $50bn globally from 2013 to 2019.

Managing crab and lobster catches could offer long-term benefits to fishermen and the environment
Research carried out by University of Plymouth has found that managing the density of crab and lobster pots at an optimum level increases the quality of catch, benefits the marine environment and makes the industry more sustainable in the long term.

Healthy oceans need healthy soundscapes
Research carried out a global team of scientists, including those from the University of Exeter, has documented how ocean soundscapes have changed, explored all impacts of noise on marine animals and ecosystems, and identified ways to restore a more natural soundscape.

Race to restore seagrass around the UK
UCL led research has highlighted the urgent need to restore seagrass meadows around the UK after calculating as much as 92% of these underwater meadows have been lost in British waters.

This month’s sectoral spotlight focusses on the region’s marine and coastal economy.

Free Ports

The Seafood Sector

Coastal Tourism

International + National News

Regional + Local News

MMO – Consultation on the Management of Fishing in Marine Protected Areas (Closes: 28th March, 2021)

DEFRA – Consultation on the Draft Policy Statement on Environmental Principles  (Closes: 2nd June, 2021)