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Cleaner Seas Forum

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The Cleaner Sea Forum is a partnership sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) with the aim of co-ordinating activity to maintain and improve bathing water quality in the South West.

Members include the Environment Agency, South West Water, Surfers Against Sewage, local authorities, public and private sector beach managers, the Marine Conservation Society, the National Trust, Natural England, the RNLI and tourism bodies including Visit Cornwall and Visit Devon.

Conferences are normally held twice a year in June and November at bathing water resorts in the region. The Forum discusses bathing water quality results, risks to quality, possible remedial options, communication issues and promotes better working relationships between the many different bodies who share responsibility for water quality and beach management issues.

In 2010, the Forum helped develop a Bathing Water Pilot project in Cornwall to examine the viability of giving more 'real time' information on overflows from the sewerage network. This has been extended in summer 2011 to 16 bathing waters region wide with a new website for the public – BeachLive.co.uk

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