BLUE’S JANUARY NEWSLETTER
Dear Friend of BLUE,
The start of 2021 finds BLUE busier than ever. We have been challenging overfishing in the North Sea, in Scotland and in the Republic of Maldives, while our landmark report on offshore wind farms explores their use in marine conservation.
Today we are releasing our 2020 Review, where you can read about our activities and achievements from BLUE’s tenth year.
Fifty wind farm sites to be assessed for conservation potential
BLUE is undertaking a national review of more than 50 wind farms to see how they might benefit marine species, thanks to a ground-breaking study in conjunction with Ørsted. The study means that we now understand the optimum conditions within a UK wind farm for oysters to breed and thrive and has prompted future research to look at other forms of habitat enhancements such as artificial reefs for fish, kelp
and mussel beds.
BLUE investigation reveals unlawful fishing in Dogger Bank marine reserve
Our latest investigation into fishing vessels operating on the Dogger Bank, a marine protected area in the North Sea, has revealed an unlawful fishing operation by EU or EU-owned fleets. BLUE found that the UK accounted for less than five per cent of the more than 100,000 tonnes of fish that were brought to shore at Dogger Bank in the North Sea in 2017 and 2018.
The trade deal: a sell-out on fish but maybe not on enforcement
BLUE report reveals liabilities facing the UK Government over potentially “catastrophic” deep-sea mining
BLUE’s report revealed that the British taxpayer could face enormous liabilities for irreversible damage done to marine ecosystems, should deep-sea mining be allowed to go ahead. The report also revealed that UK Government has failed in its duty to quantify the potential economic benefit to the Treasury of deep-sea mining, meaning that a fair economic assessment of its benefits, or losses, cannot be
Tourism – the cause of or solution to overfishing
of reef fish in the Maldives?
BLUE Legal supports calls for management change in Scotland’s seas
Calls for moratorium on mesopelagic fishing
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