Our Mission “Marine Protected Areas need to be managed properly and that's what we are working on here.”

Our Vision

Lyme Bay is a de facto multiple use marine protected area, not a no-take zone, and after the long drawn out process of getting to where we are now, it may reasonably be expected to remain so for the indefinite future. (Some small "reference areas" near the shoreline at Beer and on the Fleet were proposed by the Finding Sanctuary stakeholder consultation, but these have yet to be approved and are essentially irrelevant to the management of the area as a whole).

So the model of a terrestrial national park, where multiple uses are encouraged, as long as none are damaging to the landscape or nature conservation designations, is the most valuable. Though Blue has enabled the creation of no-take reserves in other parts of the world, it is working on other kinds of marine protected areas. It sees Lyme Bay as an MPA already and likely to remain multi-use so Blue's view is that the gain to be achieved here is to give some benefits back to the local community, in a wide sense, for the advances in conservation that have been made. A marine national park is also, we suspect, what the public expects of a marine protected area and much closer to what a marine protected area is recognised as being internationally. It is therefore reasonable to expect Lyme Bay to be managed as other marine protected areas are internationally, on an ecosystem basis, and to be monitored to ensure that this is happening and the various uses of the bay do not conflict with nature conservation objectives. For a variety of reasons that is not what is going on in Lyme Bay at present. And it is a deficiency recognised first by the fishermen themselves and which they would like to rectify.

We believe that this bottom-up approach could rectify much that has gone wrong in marine conservation in England by involving local communities and finding ways of maximising the benefits of both fishing and conservation.

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