Both the Fisheries and Agriculture Bills have become law this month, with the Environment Bill returning to Parliament after a 10 month hiatus. Image: UK Parliament

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  • The Fisheries Bill received Royal Assent after 10 months in Parliament, the UK’s first major domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years. For an environmental perspective on this new legislation, take a read of this blog by Oliver Tanqueray, co-ordinator of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition in the UK.
  • The Agriculture Bill has also become law  this month, with key focus on reforming farm subsidies to provide “public money for public goods”. The House of Commons Library have published a useful briefing on the Bill here.
  • Continuing on a theme, the Environment Bill has resumed passage through Parliament, setting out the government’s vision for the post-Brexit environment.
  • Natural England launched its Nature Recovery Network Delivery Partnership, designed to bring together representatives from across the environmental sector, including to provide at least 500,000 hectares of new wildlife-rich habitat across England.
  • Defra and the Welsh Government have published the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to improve the health of honey bees in England and Wales.

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