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Air Quality Grant programme

Air Quality Grant programme

Successful local authorities will be awarded a share of £3.7m under this year’s Air Quality Grant scheme

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Marine Management Organisation (MMO) issue authorisations to catch bass

Marine Management Organisation (MMO) issue authorisations to catch bass

From 22 February 2017 the MMO will be issuing letters to fishermen.

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Work underway at Kilbowie Road, Clydebank

Work underway at Kilbowie Road, Clydebank

Extensive works to fill a 62 metre deep unrecorded mine shaft that caused a collapse under Kilbowie Road in Clydebank are underway.

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MMO calls for feedback on marine planning

MMO calls for feedback on marine planning

The Marine Management Organisation is asking for feedback on the first outputs in the development of the next phase of marine plans.

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Changes to licensing public register bring greater transparency

Changes to licensing public register bring greater transparency

More of the information provided by consultees in response to marine licence applications is to be published.

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Kestrel close encounter

Kestrel close encounter

A kestrel has taken a shine to a Highways England CCTV camera stand on junction 11a of the M5.

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Bass industry guidance for 2017

Bass industry guidance for 2017

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is pleased to be able to publish the bass industry guidance for 2017.

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Welsh Secretary launches series of Brexit discussions

Welsh Secretary launches series of Brexit discussions

Welsh Secretary launches a series of events across Wales to make sure that the country is in the strongest possible position to prosper after Brexit.

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Air pollution advice to the public

Air pollution advice to the public

For latest updates visit the Defra UK Air website at uk-air.defra.gov.uk.

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Marine plan development workshops announced

Marine plan development workshops announced

New series of marine planning workshops for the north east, north west, south east and south west marine plan areas.

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Rampisham Down: a wonderful outcome for conservation

Rampisham Down: a wonderful outcome for conservation

Work to save a rare example of ancient acid grassland is hailed today as a “wonderful outcome for conservation” by Natural England.

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Find a new home for your Christmas tree

Find a new home for your Christmas tree

Local Government Minister Marcus Jones urged festive households to continue the season of goodwill and reuse or recycle their Christmas trees.

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New emergency towing vessel for Scotland

New emergency towing vessel for Scotland

A new, better tugboat, the Ievoli Black, will take over emergency towing duties around the north coast of Scotland from the turn of the year

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Measham residents invited to public consultation drop in event

Measham residents invited to public consultation drop in event

Anaerobic digestion facility permit application open for public consultation.

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MMO announce 2017 panel dates for the EMFF scheme in England

MMO announce 2017 panel dates for the EMFF scheme in England

The MMO is pleased to confirm the dates for European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) panels for 2017.

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Master and owner fined £21,746 for fisheries offences

Master and owner fined £21,746 for fisheries offences

On 9 December 2016 the master and owner of the fishing vessel Honeybourne III PD905 pleaded guilty to breaching fisheries regulations.

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Environment Agency makes board appointment

Environment Agency makes board appointment

Richard Macdonald appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Environment Agency

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Environment Agency makes board appointment

Environment Agency makes board appointment

Richard Macdonald appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Environment Agency

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Princess Cruise Lines To Pay Largest Ever Criminal Penalty For Deliberate Vessel Pollution

Princess Cruise Lines To Pay Largest Ever Criminal Penalty For Deliberate Vessel Pollution

Company to Pay $40 Million and Implement Remedial Measures on All Carnival Companies Visiting U.S. Ports

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Fish seller fined £2,365 for fisheries offences

Fish seller fined £2,365 for fisheries offences

John Ward Agency (Fleetwood) Limited pleaded guilty to failing to submit sales notes and selling fish under the minimum landing size.

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MMO move to monthly billing cycle in marine licensing

MMO move to monthly billing cycle in marine licensing

From November 2016 the MMO will move from a quarterly to monthly billing.

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Coal Authority public board meeting

Coal Authority public board meeting

The next Coal Authority Board meeting will take place on 15 November 2016.

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Undulate Ray survey – VII d

Undulate Ray survey – VII d

The European Commission granted the UK and other Member States quota for undulate ray in 2016 in some areas.

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Spurdog (picked dogfish) by catch avoidance programme

Spurdog (picked dogfish) by catch avoidance programme

Organisations work closely to develop a spurdog by-catch avoidance programme.

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Draft South Marine Plan: Consultation now open

Draft South Marine Plan: Consultation now open

Consultation on the Draft South Marine Plans

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£4.8 million of funding offered to 6 Fisheries Local Action Groups under EMFF scheme

£4.8 million of funding offered to 6 Fisheries Local Action Groups under EMFF scheme

MMO announces that £800,000 funding has been offered to each of the six Fisheries Local Action Groups under EMFF scheme

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Fisherman fined £1,255 for fisheries offences in case brought by MMO

Fisherman fined £1,255 for fisheries offences in case brought by MMO

On 12 October 2016 Richard Matthews (owner and master of the under 10 metre vessel the Anna Gail) pleaded guilty of fisheries offences at Norwich Magistrates Court.

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MMO seek public views to inform marine conservation plans

MMO seek public views to inform marine conservation plans

Consultations now open to help inform marine conservation plans for the future and the views of marine users are urgently sought.

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New otter class licence issued

New otter class licence issued

Natural England has issued a class licence permitting those registered to capture and transport otters trapped inside fisheries.

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EU Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation Updated

EU Persistent Organic Pollutants Regulation Updated

The European Commission has published an amendment to the persistent organic pollutants regulation to include hexabromocyclododecane

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£200,000 of rod licence money to fund over 50 angling projects

£200,000 of rod licence money to fund over 50 angling projects

Projects will encourage school children to get involved and will help tackle predation

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Noise and windfarm construction off the Sussex coast

Noise and windfarm construction off the Sussex coast

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has been looking into concerns about noise off the Sussex coast and the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

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Father and son fined £10,213 for fisheries offences in case brought by MMO

Father and son fined £10,213 for fisheries offences in case brought by MMO

On 12 September 2016 Thomas Copp and Gary Copp entered guilty pleas for breaching fisheries regulations at Weymouth Magistrates Court.

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Buzzard licensing applications

Buzzard licensing applications

Natural England recently issued a licence permitting the control of up to 10 buzzards to prevent serious damage to young pheasants.

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Secretary of State appoints new member to Natural England Board

Secretary of State appoints new member to Natural England Board

Secretary of State appoints Professor Michael Winter OBE to the Natural England Board

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Register for marine noise introduced

Register for marine noise introduced

A Marine Noise Registry has been introduced by Defra and JNCC to collect and display data on noisy activities in the marine area.

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New evidence strategy published

New evidence strategy published

Part 2 of the MMO's Evidence Strategy is published focusing on engagement, partnership and knowledge exchange

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Marine licence decision for The Garden Bridge published

Marine licence decision for The Garden Bridge published

Decision on marine licence for The Garden Bridge published

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Licence for buzzard control

Licence for buzzard control

Natural England has issued a licence for buzzard control.

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Emma Howard Boyd announced as preferred candidate for Chairman of the Environment Agency

Emma Howard Boyd announced as preferred candidate for Chairman of the Environment Agency

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs made the announcement today.

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Company director fined £1,413

Company director fined £1,413

Company director fined £1,413 for breaches of registration of fish buyers and sellers and transportation regulations

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Bees' Needs: Food and a home

Bees' Needs: Food and a home

Five simple actions you can take to help make our environment more friendly for bees, butterflies, moths and other insect pollinators.

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£200,000 of rod licence money to help anglers with disabilities

£200,000 of rod licence money to help anglers with disabilities

Funding made available by the Angling Trust and Environment Agency will also be used to combat fish predation

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Secretary of State appoints Maria Adebowale Schwarte to Environment Agency Board

Secretary of State appoints Maria Adebowale Schwarte to Environment Agency Board

Urban renewal expert appointed to the Board of the Environment Agency as natural environment lead.

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Environment Agency warns thunderstorms and heavy rain across south east could lead to flooding

Environment Agency warns thunderstorms and heavy rain across south east could lead to flooding

Thunderstorms could cause heavy rainfall bringing a risk of localised flooding to some parts of south-east of England.

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