Archive for June, 2019

ACA update from 2019 AGM

For an update on our activities over the past year (2018-2019), please click on the following link:-

June 2019 Newsletter

General Data Protection Regulations – membership restriction eliminated

Our compliance with GDPR in 2018 meant that our lifetime membership numbers dramatically fell owing to a widespread lack of response from members to positively indicate an interest in continued membership of the ACA.  At our 2019 AGM it was generally agreed that the Association had over-reacted to GDPR.  Therefore our policy will be changed.

Henceforth, any of our original lifetime members will need to send an email to the Chairman to withdraw from membership: go to About ACA tab>Contact Us and enter details of your request

 

Devon Avon Estuary designated as a Marine Conservation Zone

Defra has  announced (31 May 2019) the designation of the third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). All 41 new sites and the addition of new features to 12 existing MCZs proposed during last summer’s consultation are now designated.

I am sure you will be pleased to know that the Avon Estuary has been included in the designation in order to protect the features summarised below.   Thank goodness for the Tentacled Lagoon Worm, which you – like me – had probably never encountered!  I can’t help feeling that the entire exercise is a damp squib but time and future planning applications may prove me wrong.

The designation is described and briefly reviewed in the following document:-

DEVON_AVON MCZ

 


 

The government’s response to the consultation, outlining the evidence received and explaining the decisions taken on each site, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/marine-conservation-zones-third-tranche-of-designations and full details of all sites are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/marine-conservation-zone-designations-in-england.