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Protecting our diverse and valuable seabird species

Little gull in flight

Have you ever been asked to name a UK seabird on the spot? Seagulls probably come to mind first, right? Or maybe you think about those charismatic puffins or bustling ‘seabird cities’ of guillemots.  We’re actually home to some of …

Help shape assessments to ensure harbour porpoise and marine birds are protected

Little tern flock in flight

Can you believe it’s a brand-new year already?  Only last month we launched our latest call for evidence on the impacts of fishing on five English offshore marine protected areas (MPAs). These are the ones designated to protect certain highly …

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 …

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 …

World Seagrass Day - Protecting our precious marine habitats together at Studland

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It’s World Seagrass Day and we’re eager to highlight the conservation work that’s underway to protect this vitally important habitat at Studland Bay in Dorset.  The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 1 March as World Seagrass Day. Their resolution …

Catching fishers’ view of the future of Channel non-pressure stocks

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In June MMO colleagues visited 21 ports stretching from Kent to Cornwall to speak with commercial fishers about their experiences of fishing for non-quota species (NQS, also known as non-pressure stocks) – and their aspirations for future management of these …