Our Mission “The proposed scheme sets out not only to protect the ecosystem of Lyme Bay but also, crucially, to create some value for local fishermen through the process of conservation.”

2017 News



Sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood
17th March, 2017

Cracking, top quality rod & line pollack caught by the crew of KT-SAM E10 from Axmouth fishing in Lyme Bay Reserve this week. This premium product is a result of the fishermen's dedication to catch quality, whereby each fisher is signed up to the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve and is accredited to the Seafish Responsible Fishing Scheme (www.seafish.org/rfs/), which assures catch quality and fishing standards. The voluntary Codes of Conduct that each fisherman adheres to and the science which measures the results of fishing efforts in Lyme Bay informs the sustainability of the product.

For more information about this sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood head over to: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood/



Porcupine Marine Natural History Society annual conference
14th March, 2017

Dr Emma Sheehan from Plymouth University Marine Institute presented her team's research in Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve on the Recovery of a Temperate Reef Assemblage in a Marine Protected Area following the Exclusion of Towed Demersal Fishing at the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society annual conference last week.

Well done Emma, Adam and the rest of the team – great work!
http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0083883

Schools Outreach visit at Milford Junior School, Yeovil
22nd February, 2017

Another successful Schools Outreach visit, this time at Milford Junior School on Wednesday 22nd February in Yeovil, Somerset. Nicky Mitchard our the Schools Outreach Coordinator was contacted by teacher Amy Bews at Milford Junior with a link to a write up of our visit by students Angel, Corey, Sebastian and Demi. Note Larry the Lobster gets lots of mentions! Here is the link to the write-up: www.milfordjuniors.com/Year-5/


Poster competition winner announced
3rd March, 2017

At the start of February we went to The Thomas Hardye School to present to the whole of Year 9 as part of our Schools Outreach Programme. The title of the presentation was “Everything is connected”, which demonstrated that there are lots of sustainable ways that fishermen from Lyme Bay Reserve can catch their fish sustainably, that the food web is complex and the marine ecosystem depends on careful management. At the end of the presentation we invited students to enter a poster competition on the theme ‘Protecting the marine habitat-reasons, problems and solutions’.

We are pleased to announce Elizabeth Fox was the overall winner with Harry McDougal and Ben Powles runners up. The photos show the winners with their posters. Left to right Andrew Ellison (Head of Science), Elizabeth Fox, Harry McDougal and Ben Powles with Dr Jeremy Rowe (Head of Biology) on the right, and these are the three winning posters.

We think the posters are fantastic and really capture the thought provoking messages communicated in the presentation – well done!

Photo by The Thomas Hardy School.


The future generation of Lyme Bay Reserve's fishing fleet
3rd March, 2017

Young Sam from fishing boat KT-SAM E10 from Axmouth, who fish in Lyme Bay Reserve is cracking on with a bit of pot repair during this wet and windy weather. Make hay while the sun shines, or rather fix pots whilst it's wet and windy! There's never a dull moment being a fisherman.



Inspecting scallop sizes off the coast of East Devon
17th February, 2017

Devon & Severn IFCA have been on patrol off the East Devon coast boarding vessels, inspecting scallop sizes and enforcing the closed area in Lyme Bay Reserve. IFCA (The Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities) lead, champion and manage a sustainable marine environment and inshore fisheries by successfully securing the right balance between social, environmental and economic benefits to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry. Head over to their website for further information: www.devonandsevernifca.gov.uk
Photos by Devon & Severn IFCA.

Busy dogfish and a starfish takes a ride!
14th February, 2017

A lot happens on the Lyme Bay seabed. With over 1,400 species of, which 41 are fished commercially, it is little wonder why Lyme Bay is called ‘England’s Coral Garden’.

This baited video clip was collected in 2016 and is currently being analysed at Plymouth University Marine Institute to look at whether increasing potting intensities are having a knock-on impact on mobile animals associated with the reef of Lyme Bay.

Among other things, this video is used to count the frequency of occurrence of certain species as well as recording all the different types of species that are seen. Occasionally you get highlights of rare species or animal interactions like these that are too good not to show everyone else!

For more information on the Scientific Potting Study head over to: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/conservation-and-science/research.php



Schools Outreach Visit
1st February, 2017

Mari Walker and Neville Copperthwaite, the Lyme Bay Education Officers ran sessions at Ash CoE Primary School over two days last week. They presented to KS2 (year 4 and 5) on Tuesday and then KS1 (Reception and years 1,2 and 3) on Wednesday. This was a fantastic opportunity for the entire school to be exposed to the messages from Lyme Bay and both the children and the staff really enjoyed the sessions.

There were lots of good questions regarding the life, which reside in the bay, from starfish and scallops to sharks and dolphins. The pupils loved getting involved in the interactive activities from scallop diving to line fishing and really enjoyed the net demonstration. They were all very excited to meet the special guest Larry the lobster. They even had parents brought in after school to meet him!



Lights, camera, action at The Thomas Hardye School
3rd February, 2017

A busy morning was had at The Thomas Hardye School on Friday talking to the whole of Year 9 about marine conservation in Lyme Bay Reserve as part of the Schools Outreach Programme.

Judging by teacher Judith Wardlaw's comments it sounds like it was a resounding success;

'We thank you all sincerely for providing such a brilliant, informative experience for our students – you put so much thought and effort into your presentation, and judging by the students’ reactions throughout, I’m sure it made a positive impact… the teacher feedback here was excellent and I know Jeremy Rowe (Head of Biology) and Andrew Ellison (Head of Science), will welcome you back next year if you want to blanket the next cohort of Year 9s. We all reflected on the warmth and enthusiasm that Neville exudes – his style is so full of ‘passion for subject’ and so genuine – really inspiring!'

We shall most certainly be seeing you next year!
Photos by Thomas Hardye School.



Ash CoE Primary School Visit
1st February, 2017

Mari Walker and Neville Copperthwaite, the Lyme Bay Education Officers ran sessions at Ash C0E primary school over two days. They presented to KS2 (year 4 and 5) on Tuesday and then KS1 (Reception and years 1,2 and 3) on Wednesday. This was a fantastic opportunity for the entire school to be exposed to the messages from Lyme Bay and both the children and the staff really enjoyed the sessions.

There were lots of good questions regarding the life, which reside in the bay, from starfish and scallops to sharks and dolphins.

The pupils loved getting involved in the interactive activities from scallop diving to line fishing and really enjoyed the net demonstration. They were all very excited to meet the special guest Larry the lobster. They even had parents brought in after school to meet him!




Budding marine conservationists in the making!
1st February, 2017

Back in September West Hill Primary School from Ottery St Mary in Devon visited Seaton Jurassic for the Devon Wildlife Trust Marine Wildlife Conference, of which the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve was a part of. During the visit each school was given a Lyme Bay Reserve Extended Learning Pack for further learning back in the class and West Hill Primary have certainly made good use of theirs!

The whole class participated in the further learning to discover more about sustainable fishing and marine conservation. The children were given three choices; sustainability, life-cycles or the commercial side of fishing. Most children who picked the commercial subject decided to cook local, sustainable fish, which also included visits to local fishmongers and fishermen and research on the internet. Some children also focused on life-cycles, focusing on Black Bream, Bass, Lemon Sole and Mackerel.

The class then presented their research to Neville Copperthwaite, the Lyme Bay Reserve Schools Outreach Officer at another planned schools outreach visit and here are some photos of the class holding up their work.

A positive outcome to both the visit to Seaton Jurassic, the Lyme Bay Reserve Extended Learning Pack and the follow-on schools outreach session.

Photos from proud teacher Anna Kemp from West Hill Primary School.


Fascinating Science Fact!
25th January, 2017

Whilst studying the Lyme Bay seabed as part of the scientific potting study, PhD student Adam Rees from Plymouth University Marine Institute doesn't just count the numbers of individuals from the towed video transects. He can also use the green scaling lasers (set at 30cm apart) to assess the height, width and area of a number of key species. Here he is measuring the width of a pink sea fan.

Head over to our website for more information about the scientific potting study: http://lymebayreserve.co.uk/conservation-and-science/research.php


From port to plate in less than 24 hours
17th January, 2017

JUST LANDED! Beautiful Skate landed in Beer, Devon this afternoon by fishing boat Sambe fishing in Lyme Bay Reserve. They are already on their way to Direct Seafoods in London for delivery to their customers tomorrow. Now that's a speedy service! From port to plate in less than 24 hours.

Head over our website to find out more about the Reserve Seafood brand, which markets the sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay: http://lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood/

Photo by directseafoodslondon.co.uk.


Schools Outreach Programme Update
12th January, 2017

We're busy planning for several school visits over the coming months as part of the Lyme Bay Reserve Schools Outreach Programme. These visits provide a fascinating session exploring marine biodiversity and sustainable fishing and provides children from primary and secondary schools a unique opportunity to learn about basic marine ecology and how fishing sustainably in Lyme Bay can protect marine species and habitats for future generations.

With upcoming visits to Ash Primary School in Somerset, Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester, Milford Junior School in Yeovil and a visit to Plymouth University, we really have our work cut out!

If you work in education and would like a visit, please contact our Schools Outreach Coordinator Nicky Michard: to find out the next availability.

Photo from a recent visit to Redstart Primary School, Chard, Somerset.

Scientific Analysis of the Lyme bay Seabed
10th January, 2017

This baited video clip was collected in 2016 by the Plymouth University Marine Institute and is currently being analysed to look at whether increasing potting intensities in Lyme Bay Reserve are having a knock-on impact on mobile animals associated with the reef of Lyme Bay. Among other things, this video is used to count the frequency of occurrence of certain species as well as recording all the different types of species that are seen. Occasionally you get highlights of rare species or animal interactions like these that are too good not to show everyone else!

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