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Hearing on sea life deaths off Yorkshire coast

20 October 2022

The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee will hold a hearing into the deaths of large numbers of crustaceans off the Yorkshire coast since October 2021. 

There have been conflicting theories about the reasons for the deaths of the crabs and lobsters. The Government has attributed the cause to a marine ‘algal bloom’, while others have argued that the phenomenon is caused by pollution linked to dredging. The session will look at the different explanations for the cause of the deaths, what can be done to prevent a recurrence and its impact on local communities. 


2.30pm, Tuesday, 25 October 2022, Committee Room 6 

Panel 1, from 2.30pm 

  • Rachel Hartnell, Science Director, Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
  • Jerry Hopkinson, Executive Chairman, PD Ports
  • Mark Rice, Deputy Director for Water and Land Quality, Environment Agency
  • Trudi Wakelin, Director of Marine Licensing, Marine Management Organisation

Panel 2, from approx. 3.15pm  

  • Dr Gary Caldwell, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University  
  • Tim Deere Jones, Marine Pollution Consultant 
  • Dr Rodney Forster, Reader in Marine and Coastal Ecology, Hull University 

Panel 3, from approx. 4.00pm  

  • David McCandless, Chief Officer, North Eastern Inshore and Fishing Conservation Authority
  • Joe Redfern, Secretary, Whitby Commercial Fishing Association  
  • Stan Rennie, Fisherman and Chair of Hartlepool Boatmans Association Ltd 

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