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Supertrawlers should be banned from fishing in UK owned Protected Marine Areas, according to Greenpeace, who say the giant ‘factory ships’ are ‘destructive’. 

The controversial fishing vessels can be more than 328 feet long and ‘vacuum’ up huge quantities of fish every day as they move through the water.

A Greenpeace study found that 25 supertrawlers – none of which are UK owned – spent nearly 3,000 hours fishing in Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in 2019.

Their presence off the UK coast has led to fears over fishing stocks and a potential spike in the number of dolphin deaths, study authors claim.

A Defra spokesman said the EU Common Fisheries Policy restricts our ability to implement tougher protection, but they say leaving the EU will change that.

A Greenpeace study found that 25 supertrawlers - none of which are UK owned - spent nearly 3,000 hours fishing in marine protected areas (MPAs) in 2019

A Greenpeace study found that 25 supertrawlers - none of which are UK owned - spent nearly 3,000 hours fishing in marine protected areas (MPAs) in 2019

A Greenpeace study found that 25 supertrawlers – none of which are UK owned – spent nearly 3,000 hours fishing in marine protected areas (MPAs) in 2019

Among the giant trawlers in British marine protected waters was the Dutch-owned Margiris - a 465ft mammoth that was once banned from Australian waters

Among the giant trawlers in British marine protected waters was the Dutch-owned Margiris - a 465ft mammoth that was once banned from Australian waters

Among the giant trawlers in British marine protected waters was the Dutch-owned Margiris – a 465ft mammoth that was once banned from Australian waters

Marine Protected Areas provide protection for important marine ecosystems and species, including porpoises and reefs. 

Among the giant trawlers in British marine protected waters was the Dutch-owned Margiris – a 465ft mammoth that was once banned from Australian waters. 

One of the areas most heavily fished in by supertrawlers in 2019 was the Southern North Sea zone, off the east coast of England.

This was created as a way  to safeguard porpoises that were living in the area.

Chris Thorne, Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace UK, said urgent change is needed and new, stricter restrictions on activities in these protected areas.

‘Our Government allowing destructive supertrawlers to fish for thousands of hours every year in Marine Protected Areas makes a mockery of the word ‘protected’.

‘Even an hour of supertrawler activity inside an ecologically sensitive marine environment is too much, let alone almost 3,000,’ said Thorne.

Greenpeace say for the UK government to be taken seriously as a leader in marine protection, it needs to ban supertrawler operations in the Marine Protected Areas.

‘Will our Government heed the recommendations of the Highly Protected Marine Area review and seize the historic opportunity Brexit provides to fix the UK’s broken network of Marine Protected Areas,’ said Thorne.

He said he hoped the government wouldn’t allow the ‘flawed status quo to continue’.

A Defra spokesman said the UK is a global leader in the fight to protect British seas with the Blue Belt of protected waters that are nearly twice the size of England.

‘The Common Fisheries Policy currently restricts our ability to implement tougher protection, but leaving the EU and taking back control of our waters as an independent coastal state means we can introduce stronger measures.’

Supertrawlers should be banned from fishing in protected marine areas in UK owned waters, according to Greenpeace, who say the giant ships are 'destructive'

Supertrawlers should be banned from fishing in protected marine areas in UK owned waters, according to Greenpeace, who say the giant ships are 'destructive'

Supertrawlers should be banned from fishing in protected marine areas in UK owned waters, according to Greenpeace, who say the giant ships are ‘destructive’

Greenpeace say for the UK government to be taken seriously as a leader in marine protection it needs to ban supertrawler operations in the Marine Protected Areas

Greenpeace say for the UK government to be taken seriously as a leader in marine protection it needs to ban supertrawler operations in the Marine Protected Areas

Greenpeace say for the UK government to be taken seriously as a leader in marine protection it needs to ban supertrawler operations in the Marine Protected Areas

Greenpeace investigators used AIS tracking data from the Lloyds Register for all fishing boats over 328ft to assess the amount of time spent fishing in UK MPAs.  

In total, supertrawlers logged 2,963 hours fishing in UK marine protected areas in 2019 (the equivalent of 123 days), Greenpeace said.

The MPAs where supertrawlers spent the most time fishing last year were Wyville Thomson Ridge (off the Shetlands), Geikie Slide and Hebridean Slope (off the Hebrides) and Offshore Overfalls (south coast).

They also spent time in the Faroe-Shetland Sponge Belt (off the Shetlands), Darwin Mounds (off the Hebrides) and Southern North Sea (east of England).

The Wyville Thomson Ridge was overwhelmingly the worst affected MPA, with over 2,000 hours spent fishing there by supertrawlers.

Greenpeace said this is because of the concentration of the Russian supertrawler fleet’s activity there.

The organisation has today launched a petition calling on the Government to ban the huge ships from in MPAs and called on lawmakers to use new-found post-Brexit powers to put a stop to supertrawlers fishing in MPAs.

MARINE PROTECTED AREAS RESTRICT DAMAGING ACTIVITIES IN THEIR BORDERS 

Marine Protected Areas were created to heavily restrict environmentally damaging activities, including certain types of fishing. 

The goal is to preserve marine habitats and wildlife at sea from overfishing or destructive practices that could risk wiping out species.

In the UK these areas create a chain of protection around the coast covering an area that is twice the size of England.

According to the Marine Conservation Society, MPAs are areas of sea that are set up to look after particular seascapes, habitats and species, just like nature reserves and national parks on land.

They help in the protection and recovery of rare and vulnerable wildlife, which would otherwise be threatened with extinction or serious decline.

MPAs also provide places for fish and other marine life to flourish, contributing to a more productive system both inside and outside of their boundaries.

There are 91 zones in waters around England alone and hte first were designated in 2013 – known as the UK Blue Belt. 

There are limits on how strict restrictions can be due to the UK being part of the EU Common Fisheries Policy.

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‘Woke’ student unions cost taxpayers and students £165m a year, report finds

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Student unions have come under fire for mounting ‘an assault on free speech’ while costing the taxpayer millions each year.  

Sombreros, beef, clapping and cowboy outfits are just a few of the things to have been banned in recent years by ‘woke’ students across the country. 

Blacklisting types of food and dress, censoring language and no-platforming controversial speakers have been highlighted in a new report advocating a shake-up of how these unions operate.

The research by the Adam Smith Institute found that student unions cost taxpayers and students £165million per annum – an average of £75 per student a year.

Yet despite students being forced to be members of these bodies, dissatisfaction is high with only one in ten actively participating in elections.

It has led to criticism that student unions are pursuing illiberal and authoritarian policies thought to command little support from their members.    

Sombreros, beef and clapping are just a few of the things to have been banned in recent years by 'woke' students across the country

Sombreros, beef and clapping are just a few of the things to have been banned in recent years by ‘woke’ students across the country

Blacklisting types of food and dress (such as cowboy outfits), censoring language and no-platforming controversial speakers have been highlighted in a new report advocating a shake-up of how these unions operate

Blacklisting types of food and dress (such as cowboy outfits), censoring language and no-platforming controversial speakers have been highlighted in a new report advocating a shake-up of how these unions operate

Examples of language being censored by students include banning the ‘harmful’ phrase ‘as you know’ at Bath University and Rudyard Kipling’s classic poem ‘If’ at Manchester in 2018.

In 2014, UCL Students’ Union banned its Nietzsche Society after it put up posters stating ‘Equality is a False God’ while in 2016 gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell was described as ‘transphobic’ in a no-platforming row at Canterbury Christ Church.

The authors of the report ‘State of the Unions’ argue that: ‘This agenda has made many students, including Jewish students, Christians, conservatives, and traditional feminists, feel uncomfortable on campus.’

In recent months, beef bans have become increasingly popular at universities like the LSE and Goldsmiths while fancy dress parties are also facing a clampdown.

In February Oxford University SU banned vicars and tarts parties for fear of their impact on ‘marginalised communities’.

And earlier this month Aberystwyth Student Union banned parties held on a drag theme on the grounds that they ‘make a mockery’ of the transgender experience.

In recent months, beef bans have become increasingly popular at universities (Edinburgh petition pictured)

In recent months, beef bans have become increasingly popular at universities (Edinburgh petition pictured)

Cambridge SU banned their Officer Training Corps from displaying firearms in February – having previously blocked a motion promoting Remembrance Sunday last year.

Former Chancellor Sajid Javid said of the findings: ‘In Student Unions across the UK, an intolerant minority is seeking to silence those they disagree with under the banner of no-platforming and safe spaces.

‘Their campaign of censorship is an assault on one of our most precious and fundamental rights – freedom of speech.

‘Championing students by protecting legal free speech should be one of the higher education sector’s top priorities.’

The report aims to address these problems by adopting the old Scottish model, still in operation at Glasgow University, in which functions are separated into a student union providing the social activities, a sports association, and a student representative council.

Sajid Javid said student unions are mounting 'an assault on freedom of speech'

Sajid Javid said student unions are mounting ‘an assault on freedom of speech’

Robert Halfon MP, Chairman of the House of Commons Education Committee has welcomed the proposals and said they deserve ‘careful consideration.’

Universities Minister Michelle Donelan said: ‘This report raises serious concerns about the funding and operation of student unions. 

‘For instance £160m could support a lot of bursaries. It is vital students have a voice but the report highlights there are also issues around the extent to which student unions represent student cohorts and their needs.’

NUS President Larissa Kennedy said: ‘This report is filled with outright lies and errors from its outset about the funding of Students’ Unions and the role they play in students’ lives and in society. 

‘The truth is that students’ unions are the very home of rigorous debate and new idea, and they are not funded by taxpayers’ money.’

A NUS spokesperson added: ‘This is a very poorly researched publication that contains a large number of serious errors and/or outright misinformation. 

‘At a time when we know people are worried about where to get trustworthy information online, it’s especially concerning to see high profile politicians supporting something like this.’

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Makeup brand branded ‘revolting’ for naming liquid blush after Anne Frank

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A Hong Kong-based makeup brand has received backlash online after naming a liquid blusher after 15-year-old Holocaust victim Anne Frank.    

Woke Up Like This (WULT) – who have since issued an apology and recalled the product – labelled a blusher ‘Dream Like Anne’ as part of a new collection to celebrate female empowerment.   

And it wasn’t long before people took to social media and slammed the inappropriate branding.  

‘Naming a shade of blush after Anne Frank, who was a victim of genocide is revolting. Dead Jews are not a marketing opportunity,’ wrote one.

A Hong Kong-based makeup brand has received backlash online after naming a liquid blusher after 15-year-old Holocaust victim Anne Frank (pictured)

A Hong Kong-based makeup brand has received backlash online after naming a liquid blusher after 15-year-old Holocaust victim Anne Frank (pictured) 

The blusher (pictured) was released as part of a new collection to celebrate female empowerment

The blusher (pictured) was released as part of a new collection to celebrate female empowerment

A second agreed: ‘WTAF!? I am just STAGGERED that at no point in the creative process did anyone on the Woke Up Like This team, or ANY of the other hundreds of people involved say “ummm guys, this might not be appropriate.’ 

Anne kept a diary during her time in hiding that was published after the war and turned her into a globally recognised symbol of Holocaust victims.

The blusher was released during Sexual Health Awareness month and retailed at around £29.85 ($38.50). 

The product description read: ‘The baby between baby purple and baby pink, this pastel tint is a dreamer with cheeks kissed by the soft petals of a dusty rose. 

‘The uniquely eye-catching colour blends into skin with beauty and grace.’ 

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Many were quick to take to Twitter, with one writing: 'Naming a shade of blush after Anne Frank, who was a victim of genocide is revolting. Dead Jews are not a marketing opportunity' (pictured)

Many were quick to take to Twitter, with one writing: ‘Naming a shade of blush after Anne Frank, who was a victim of genocide is revolting. Dead Jews are not a marketing opportunity’ (pictured)

Famous names used for the four other pastel-tone shades include Woolf’s Words after writer Virginia Woolf, Lift Like Melinda after philanthropist Melinda Gates, and Viva La Frida after Mexican painter Frida Kahlo.

According to Metro, WULT said: ‘The miracle of her legacy, ‘The Diary of a Young Girl’, is that even in the face of extreme hardship, isolation, and ultimate tragedy, her seminal expression of hope for the future continues to inspire generations. 

They continued: ‘We are extremely sorry that paying tribute to her in this way appears to have caused offense and is considered disrespectful. ‘Our intention was quite the reverse, to bring positive energy and shite a little light through unprecedented testing times during the global pandemic. 

‘We sincerely apologise for any miscommunication; and “Dream Like Anne” is therefore officially withdrawn from our online store with immediate effect.’ 

FEMAIL has contacted WULT for comment.  

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Adorable dog ruins family photos with siblings by pulling silly faces and refusing to face camera 

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Hilarious photographs capture a cheeky dog ruining the otherwise perfect family shots by yawning in each of them.

Hina, an adorable White Shiba, is pictured with her mouth open in each of the snaps while her family’s other dogs Sasha, Kikko and Momo wait perfectly still for the shot.

Their 53-year-old owner, Yoko Kikuchi, of Hong Kong, is often amused at the behaviour but stresses Hina is usually the most obedient of the pooches.

Hilarious photographs capture cheeky dog Hina (left) ruining the otherwise perfect family shots by yawning in each of them

Hilarious photographs capture cheeky dog Hina (left) ruining the otherwise perfect family shots by yawning in each of them

The white Shiba, is pictured with her mouth open in the snaps while her family's other dogs Sasha, Kikko and Momo wait perfectly still for the shot

The white Shiba, is pictured with her mouth open in the snaps while her family’s other dogs Sasha, Kikko and Momo wait perfectly still for the shot

The dog's 53-year-old owner, Yoko Kikuchi, of Hong Kong, is often amused at the behaviour of pet Hina

The dog’s 53-year-old owner, Yoko Kikuchi, of Hong Kong, is often amused at the behaviour of pet Hina 

Hina adorably ruins the pictures by pulling funny faces or not facing the camera while her siblings sit perfectly.  

Ms Kikuchi, a yoga instructor, said: ‘Her nickname is ‘Destroyer’ as she loves chewing our shoes, cables, headphones and things. 

‘But she is the most obedient one, no leads needed on walks as she walks with us all the time. 

‘She is very shy with humans but loves all dogs.’ 

She added: ‘She yawns a lot and I just happen catch the moment in the photos. I take so many photos and it just make me laugh now when I catch the moment.

Ms Kikuchi stresses that Hina is usually the 'most obedient of the pooches' despite ruining the photos

Ms Kikuchi stresses that Hina is usually the ‘most obedient of the pooches’ despite ruining the photos  

Hina adorably ruins the pictures by not facing the camera while her siblings sit perfectly on the steps

Hina adorably ruins the pictures by not facing the camera while her siblings sit perfectly on the steps 

She pulls funny faces in the otherwise perfect picture with her owner describing her as 'the cheeky one'

She pulls funny faces in the otherwise perfect picture with her owner describing her as ‘the cheeky one’ 

‘She’s the cheeky one. She is the youngest among the four dogs though.’

The mother-of-one claims she used to hate dogs but she met her husband who convinced her to take Sasha, Kikko and Momo in.

Hina became the latest addition around two years ago.

She said: ‘My husband originally said no to taking in Hina.

‘I couldn’t stop thinking of her, as she was a lovely White Shiba. I begged my husband to take her. He finally said yes.’

Humorous Hina's nickname is 'Destroyer' because she loves chewing on her owner's shoes, cables and headphones

Humorous Hina’s nickname is ‘Destroyer’ because she loves chewing on her owner’s shoes, cables and headphones

The charming pooch is the youngest of the four and often doesn't face the camera in pictures while her siblings pose perfectly

The charming pooch is the youngest of the four and often doesn’t face the camera in pictures while her siblings pose perfectly 

Hina became the latest edition to the family two years ago after her owner claimed she used to hate dogs but her husband convinced her to take the first three pets in

Hina became the latest edition to the family two years ago after her owner claimed she used to hate dogs but her husband convinced her to take the first three pets in  

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