Expanded blue belt welcomed, Watch for dolphins, Training courses, In the marine news, Another step to plastic wase reduction.
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June 2019 Newsletter

Expanded Blue Belt Welcomed

The conservation sector welcomes the announcement by Defra of 41 new Marine Conservation Zones. But MARINElife, along with 12 other charities, are warning that without effective management and well-resourced enforcement these sites will be little more than ‘paper parks’ and sea life will continue to decline.

Together, we're asking the Government to ensure effective management is put in place by the end of this year, commit to regular monitoring of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) to ensure they're being properly protected, and provide ring-fenced monitoring and enforcement funds for MPAs from central Government.

Read more here.

Watching for Dolphins

Unfortunately, our joint watch for dolphins with Dorset Wildlife Trust on World Ocean’s Day was a victim of Storm Miguel. However, there’s still another chance for you to try your luck at some cetacean spotting as we’ll be doing another joint watch with Dorset Wildlife Trust on the 27th of July.

So come and join us on the Kimmeridge cliffs to look out for dolphins and other marine animals as part of the 2019 National Whale & Dolphin Watch survey.

Find out more over on the DWT website.

Training Courses

We have one course running this month on the 22nd in Dorset. So join us for a fun and informative day’s introduction to marine mammal and seabird identification. See our website for full details.

Saturday 22nd June with Dorset WLT ● Saturday 3rd August with Norfolk WLT Cley Marshes ● Saturday 17th August with Cumbria WLT ● Saturday 7th September with Lincolnshire WLT ● Saturday 19th October with Wembury Marine Centre ● Saturday 26th October with Poole Dolphin Shop Centre

In The Marine News

Seabirds treble on Lundy after the island is declared rat-free.

Benny the Beluga whale disappears from the Thames.

Female guillemots lay eggs with unique identifiable patterns.

Cannibalism is more common than thought in grey seals.

Breeding ground for humpback whales feeding in Irish waters discovered.

In Other News: Another Step to Plastic Waste Reduction

The government made another positive move in the fight against plastic waste last month as they announced a full ban on the single-use items straws, stirrers, and cotton bud stems. This may seem like a small step, but it’s one in the right direction, and each small step can help keep tons of plastic out of our oceans. A good example of that has been the simple tax on single-use plastic bags. Since the charge came into effect, plastic bag pollution in our waters has been found to have decreased.

However, more countries need to follow suit, because the finding of plastic waste in one of the deepest parts of the ocean, plus another whale washing up with its stomach full of plastic, highlight the continuing insidious problem that is ocean plastic.

But while we wait, we as individuals can do our part. Take your totes to the shops, grab a reusable water bottle, opt for loose veg whenever possible, and think about buying natural-fibre clothes (such as cotton) to reduce the number of microfibres released from your laundry cycle. Because just as with government actions, small steps can make a big difference!

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