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Marine Planners from the Marine Management Organisation visit the Isles of Scilly

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We were recently invited to attend the Festival of Nature on the Isles of Scilly to discuss marine planning and marine plan use with event attendees. The event was led by the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust and was aimed …

Scientific dispensation request granted for King Scallop fishing trial

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Scallop fishing

MMO has granted a scientific dispensation to MacDuff Shellfish Ltd to carry out a two day scallop fishing trial off the South East coast of England. The trial will take place in October 2023 and test the feasibility and potential …

Fish traceability technology examined

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Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is keen to investigate technological advances that can improve consumer confidence in seafood products while also  reducing administration  for fishers, merchants, processors and retailers. Being able to trace consignments of commercially caught fish is critical to …

MMO joins Operation Seabird 2023 and encourages everyone to act responsibly around marine wildlife

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Here in the UK we are never far away from the coastline. Our stunning shores, sandy beaches and coastal paths attract millions of visitors every year. This brings an economic boost to local communities, and alongside the growth of staycations …

One year into fisheries management measures for English offshore MPAs

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Subtidal coarse sediment

On 13 June 2022, the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) introduced new byelaws to protect four offshore marine protected areas (MPAs) from damaging fishing activity. This marked a significant step in our work to assess and appropriately manage fishing activities to …

Studland Bay: Why you need a licence to search for seahorses

It was great to see coverage of the conservation efforts at Studland Bay on BBC’s Springwatch programme (episode 7) recently. The show, which aired on 7 June, highlighted the need to protect the area’s precious seagrass – home to protected …

Marine licences approved to benefit communities across England

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Aerial view of Portsmouth in summer day, UK

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has issued a number of environmental, economic and socially important marine licences in the last few months as part of its role as England‘s regulator for marine licensable activities. Each marine licence application is carefully …

Marine protected areas consultation and call for evidence closes tomorrow

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We want you to have your say on our proposals for managing fishing activities and protecting valuable marine habitats and species in England’s marine protected areas (MPAs). Our latest MPA consultation and call for evidence closes tomorrow night (Tuesday 28 …

Species spotlight - sea-pen and burrowing megafauna communities

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This week we’re putting the spotlight on some of the interesting species found within our coastal waters and marine protected areas (MPAs). In particular, we’d like to share more information about sea-pen and burrowing megafauna communities, including what they are …