• UK – Shetland Islands’ Marine Spatial Plan is set to be the first statutory marine Spatial plan in Scotland (Fish Update)

    From: Fish Update

    The fourth edition of the Shetland Islands’ Marine Spatial Plan has now been released for public consultation.

    By providing a detailed overview of Shetland’s marine and coastal environment and its various uses the Plan aims to reduce conflict and maximise compatibility between marine activities and encourage coexistence of multiple uses.

    Developed at the NAFC Marine Centre the fourth edition of the Plan will form supplementary guidance to Shetland Islands Council’s (SIC) Local Development Plan and, once adopted, will be the first statutory marine spatial plan in Scotland.

  • Sea is ‘inexhaustible source of growth and prosperity’ for Europe

    From: The Parliament

    Greece’s marine policies can benefit all EU member states, explains Miltiadis Varvitsiotis.

    Greece is a country that lies by the water and its main economic activities are related to the sea. It has the longest coastline and the biggest number of islands among our EU partners. The Greek shipping industry is a world leader and secures unimpeded flows of trade to and from the EU, since it makes up 15 per cent of global shipping and 40 per cent of European shipping.

  • Double feature for Dock-U-Mentaries (South Coast Today)

    From: South Coast Today

    The Dock-U-Mentaries Film Series continues this month with two programs.

    On Sunday at 2 p.m., the Working Waterfront Festival teams up with WCAI (the Cape and Islands NPR station) to present “Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea.” On Jan. 17, a screening of “Red Gold” will be offered at 7 p.m.

    “Ocean Frontiers II” uses coastal Rhode Island as a case study to consider the marine spatial planning process involved in negotiating varied use of the marine environment. Maritime historian Mary Malloy will lead a discussion following the film.

  • Sea Change stakeholder working group finalised (Voxy)

    From: Voxy

    As thousands of kiwis use the Hauraki Gulf for recreation over summer, the Sea Change-Tai Timu Tai Pari project designed to protect its health is announcing excellent progress.

    Sea Change-Tai Timu Tai Pari has finalised the selection of 14 members of a Stakeholder Working Group (SWG), which will have a major leadership role in the formation of a marine spatial plan for the gulf.

    The SWG includes 10 key stakeholder representatives and four mana whenua representatives, and has been endorsed by the Sea Change-Tai Timu Tai Pari project steering group.