Promoting the sustainable, integrated management of the Berwickshire and Northumberland shore and sea

Cross-Border Currents

 Newsletter for the Berwickshire & North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site
                                                                                                  Issue 6: Spring 2014
In this issue....

o  New Management Scheme
o  Increased Management for Fisheries 
o  Teaming up with the Aussies
o  Tackling River Catchment Issues
o  Have Your Say on New Conservation Advice   
o  Summer Events  

Brand New Management Scheme!
The management scheme for the site is almost complete! We are just waiting for final sign-off from Natural England and the full scheme will be published on the EMS website. Until then, the final draft can be downloaded here. To accompany the new scheme we have also developed a new monitoring process to ensure that management is kept up to date. Authorities will now be asked to complete an annual questionnaire to provide us with information about changes to statutory duties, ongoing management measures, plus information about the types of monitoring they carry out. This is quite an exciting change for us, and it will hopefully prove to be a more efficient way of monitoring. Click here to see a copy of the questionnaire.

New Fishery Byelaws
As part of the revised approach to the management of commercial fisheries within European Marine Sites, Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NIFCA) has successfully developed two separate byelaws which prohibit mobile gear within the boundary of the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast EMS, plus the removal of fisheries resources in areas of seagrass within the site. The mobile gear byelaw is designed to protect areas of rocky reef. NIFCA is currently surveying the exact location of the reefs with the aim of opening non-reef areas of the site to mobile gear in the future.   

Oceans Connected - 'Twinning' Down Under! 
The Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast EMS is delighted to be working with the Big Sea Survey volunteers again, but this time we're going international! Under the brand new Oceans Connected project, we will be teaming up with ClimateWatch Marine volunteers at the Sapphire Coast Marine Discovery Centre in New South Wales, Australia. Volunteers at opposite ends of the globe will collect data on rocky shore species. Data, stories and experiences will be shared via various media, such as a blog, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, and live Skype links. To launch the partnership, we will be running a simultaneous bioblitz event on May 28th 2014 at Beadnell. If you would like to join us, contact Claire Hedley on the details at the bottom of this newsletter. 

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 River Catchment Coastal/Marine Issues Group
A new group has been established to look at river catchment-related issues on the coast. It is hoped that better links can be made between coastal managers and those involved in managing our rivers. The group is chaired by the Northumberland Rivers Trust and we hope the Tweed Forum will also join us to look at cross-border issues.  We attended the first meeting at the beginning of April and hope to hold the next one in June. This is a really important step for the site due to the history of nutrient enrichment and its impact on areas around Holy Island and Budle Bay. Watch this space!

Have Your Say! Natural England seeks views on Conservation Advice for EMS
Conservation Advice is produced for all European Marine Sites and is designed to assist authorities with the management of these special areas. Advice includes conservation objectives for protected features, plus advice on the types of activities that might damage or disturb features. Natural England is reviewing its advice for all English sites and has released a first draft of the new format for consultation. Although this document is for Liverpool Bay SPA, it sets the general framework for advice that will be produced for sites here in Northumberland. Natural England also seeks views on a guidance document - How to Use Marine Protected Area Conservation Advice. The advice will provide the foundation for any future management, including the management scheme, and authorities will be expected to used it as a key tool for management. Make sure it's fit for purpose by responding to the consultation here.

Summer Events
Come and explore some of the most spectacular shores in Europe by joining us on our summer events.

Tuesday 15th July  11:15am - 12:45pm
Jellyfish Hunt : Beadnell Bay (south end)
Jellyfish strandings can tell us a lot about climate change and the state of our sea. Join us in the hunt for jellyfish on the beach to the north of High Newton and learn about their identification, ecology and the special status of our marine environment. Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE

Friday 1st August  11:00am - 12:30pm
Rocky Shore Safari : Seahouses

Come and explore the wonderful rock pool aquariums at Seahouses with the European Marine Site Officer. Learn about the tides and the amazing creatures on our shore, which are some of the best in Europe! Suitable for all ages, children must be accompanied by an adult. FREE

Wednesday 13th August  10:00am - 11:30am
Rocky Shore Bioblitz: Beadnell

Help us to record our astonishing variety of marine life by helping us to hunt for plants and animals on the rocky shore. You will learn about rocky shore survey skills, identification skills, marine ecology and the shore environment. Suitable for those over 16 years only. FREE

For joining instructions and to secure your place on any of our events, contact Claire Hedley the European Marine Site Officer at    Tel: 01670 655 651


If you have an interesting story, update or would like to get a particular message across to the many stakeholders involved in managing and enjoying the EMS, please get in touch with us on the contact details below. This newsletter is your tool for sharing information so please make the most of it! Also, if there are any particular issues that you would like covered in future editions, please let us know. 

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IFCA Review - Call for Evidence

DEFRA Secretary of State's 4-yearly review of IFCAs. Contribute by completing the online survey

Serving Sustainable Fish in Newcastle

21st May : Debate and discuss sustainable fish in Newcastle with 'Food Newcastle'

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Alien Species 

More action needed according to report by the Environmental Audit Committee 

MCS 2013 Beach Litter Report

Litter results for 2013

European Parliament Adopt MSP Directive

European Union - Council confirms deal on marine spatial planning

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