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Devon Maritime Forum: September newsletter

  • by JW

Here’s the regular monthly news from the DMF:

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Autumn is around the corner… and so is our next conference!

Check out the latest newsletter from the DMF:

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 World Maritime Day, the Marine Business Technology Centre  and leatherback turtle sightings. Read on to find out more…


Forum News


The DMF is excited to announce details for our next conference:
South West Coastal Change Conference 2019:

‘Managing our Coast in a Climate Emergency’

26th November 2019 

Plymouth Marine Station

agenda and booking details coming soon…


Upcoming Events


SEP 20 – SEP 23:  Great British Beach Clean Various Locations

SEP 27 – SEP 28:  Wembury BioBlitz 2019 Wembury Marine Centre

(please request to help)



OCT 8: English Coastal Challenge Summit & Coastal Partnership Network Annual Forum Solent Conference Centre

OCT 16South West Regional Coastal Monitoring Programme Annual Meeting Creative Innovation Centre, Taunton


Special Feature Event: 

SEP 26World Maritime Day 2019 Empowering Women in the Maritime Community 
World Maritime Day has been celebrated at the University of Plymouth since 2008. This year the meeting will comprise three short talks by women who work within the maritime sector:

  • Captain Jessica Tyson who has sailed as Master and is presently a Deputy Harbour Master and Pilot
  • Dr Rachel Nicholls-Lee who is a naval architect and CEO of her own company
  • Ms Emma Harley MIMarEST who will provide a unique insight into the world of sail training.

The event is open to all and no booking is required. Doors open at 18:45 for 19:00 start. Email with any queries.


Local News


Wembury Marine Centre Celebrates Lottery Boost Wembury Marine Centre is celebrating after being awarded £9,100 by the National Lottery Community Fund more

Plymouth University Scientist Joins World Experts

to Ask Big Questions About Blue Carbon Professor Jason Hall-Spencer has contributed to research exploring the role of our oceans and coastlines in trapping atmospheric carbon dioxide more

Sustainable Scallop Fishery to be Created in Plymouth Ocean conservation charity ‘Ocean Conservation Trust’ is creating a sustainable scallop fishery in Plymouth more

Local Businesses Encouraged to Help ‘Stop the Block’ in Kingsbridge South West Water is launching its Think Sink campaign for businesses in Kingsbridge and the South Hams this month more


The Marine Business Technology Centre (MBTC) was launched in January 2019 to support Devon-based Businesses develop innovative products, processes or services. The MBTC is a partnership between Plymouth City Council, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, The Marine Biological Association and Plymouth Marine Laboratory; a collaboration which boasts significant expertise in the development of autonomous systems, environmental sensor technologies, alternative propulsion, advanced manufacturing, materials and cybersecurity. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the MBTC can provide the following free of charge to eligible businesses:

  1. Access and professional support to use the Plymouth Smart Sound‘s cutting-edge onshore and offshore facilities
  2. Technical expertise to support the development, testing and proving of marine innovations
  3. Professional business development advice and support
  4. A Marine Business Innovation Challenge Fund grant for a broad range of activities from professional expertise, marketing, consultancy, business plan writing and legal advice

If you’re interested in learning more about the MBTC and how it can support you, please visit their website, or email them directly at


National & International News


Public Concern for Nature Reaches All-Time High More people than ever are concerned about damage to nature, new national statistics published by Natural England show more

Lost Bills – Legislative Deficit Builds

– Fisheries & Agriculture Bill to Fall

– More Wasted Efforts The last week was remarkable in terms of the political dynamics, but there are practical consequences more

Climate Change: ‘Invest $1.8 trillion to adapt’ Investing $1.8 trillion over the next decade – in measures to adapt to climate change – could produce net benefits worth more than $7 trillion more

A Mayflower for a New Generation Exactly one year from today, an unmanned ship will set sail from Plymouth and attempt to complete a pioneering crossing of the Atlantic Ocean more


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