Richard Newell Associates

Marine Conservation

Conservation Status

Richard Newell Associates are able to advise clients on the conservation status of habitats in the vicinity of proposed infrastructure developments and to assist in development of the project to minimise any impacts on resources of potential conservation significance.

We have extensive experience of marine surveys in the coastal waters of the UK as well as overseas in Malaysia, Australia and South America. We have also in recent years been involved in advice on the economic implications of designation of conservation areas in the estuaries and coastal waters of the UK.

Special Areas of Conservation

In recent years there has been an increasing focus on the need to set aside specific marine conservation areas. Marine Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) are currently being designated as a result identification of the conservation status of habitats in UK coastal waters.

Designation requires an extensive knowledge of the nature and distribution of habitats and of the species that characterise them as well as an assessment of the economic implications of designation.

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Latest news

Falmouth Port Development

Richard is currently Chairman of an Independent Science Advisory Panel appointed by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to advise on issues related to experimental relocation of maerl habitat to offset the potential impacts of dredging of the approach channel to Falmouth Port.

Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme

Richard has recently completed an appointment as external reviewer of proposals submitted to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme.

Publication of Latest Book on Aggregate Dredging (See Publications page)

This book summarises current industry practice and the results of research commissioned through the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF) and other sources.

Newell,R.C. & Woodcock, T.A. (eds). 2013. Aggregate Dredging and the Marine Environment: An Overview of recent research and current industry practice. The Crown Estate, 165 pp. ISBN: 978-1-906410-41-4.

Major Marine Phosphate Dredging Project off the Pacific Coast of Mexico

Richard was appointed as Chief Scientist in 2013 by Odyssey Marine Exploration Inc and Exploraciones Oceanicas to advise on the environmental impact assessment of a major marine phosphate sands dredging project off the west coast of Baja California Sur, Mexico.