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Sustainability Traceability and Quality

Fishermen working around Lyme Bay are being given ice machines and insulated boxes to improve the quality of their catch and increase their earnings. Shops and fish markets say the sooner fish is put on ice, the longer it lasts and the better it is.

Fishermen hope improving the quality of the fish will boost profitability. The scheme has grown out of a partnership between fishermen and conservationists who are trying to boost fish stocks and livelihoods in the bay.

Filmed by ITV News Westcountry. Copyright ITV 2014. Fishermen and conservationists build sustainable future in Lyme Bay

A partnership between fishermen and conservationists in the Lyme Bay could become a model for sustainable fishing around the world. The Lyme Bay Fisheries & Conservation Reserve allows fishermen to decide the rules about what they'll catch and how they'll do it.

The aim is to preserve stocks and livelihoods in the future. ITV Westcountry News Environment Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

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Fully Monitored and Documented Fisheries in Lyme Bay

Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve Fully Monitored and Documented Fisheries Project sees the Succorfish SC2 inshore Vessel Monitoring Systems (iVMS) voluntary installed on board vessels to monitor and manage fishing activity in and around the marine protected area in Lyme Bay. The project will see this system rolled out to all the vessels in the Bay giving a complete picture of all fishing activity in the Bay for the first time.

Funded by both BLUE Marine Foundation and the European Fisheries Fund, this project aims to develop a systematic approach to marine data gathering from fishing vessels in Lyme Bay and provide a robust mechanism for compliance and monitoring the voluntary agreement forged by BLUE Marine and spatial management of fishing around the sensitive reef areas.

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GAP2 Scallop Exchange to California

A pioneering partnership between fishermen and conservationists in Lyme Bay is sharing ideas with the Americans.

Fishermen from Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve have the unique opportunity to travel to Morro Bay, California in October to share in their knowledge of testing an innovative system for real-time data collection to inform fisheries management.

Funded by the GAP2 Project, which is providing an exchange program for researchers, fishery stakeholders and policy makers, it aims to explore how collaboration works and to encourage the sharing of understanding and ideas, by funding candidates to travel and undertake an exchange trip with relevance to participatory research.

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