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2019 News

Friday #FishFact 
25th January, 2019

Can you guess whose eggs these belong to? 

Found on fisherman Jim Newton's lobster pots whilst out fishing in Lyme Bay Reserve.

(Answer: Squid eggs!)

**Calling all Recreational Sea Anglers** 
24th January, 2019

If you catch a ray whilst out fishing in Lyme Bay please take 2 minutes to record your catch via our free, downloadable mobile app Epicollect5.

The app is designed to be used in the field and will ask a few simple questions including the GPS location, gear type, ray species, size, date and time of catch. This important data will feed into our research investigating the current conservation status of the local ray population within the Lyme Bay Reserve.

For more details about the project, how to download the app or how to record your catch data via the website visit: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/science/ray-research.php

Lyme Bay Reserve Voluntary Code of Conduct 
23rd January, 2019

Fisherman Jim Newton from Beer, Devon pictured checking his crab and lobster pots. Jim along with other fishermen fishing in Lyme Bay Reserve adheres to a Voluntary Code of Conduct which limits the number of pots to 250 in the interest of the environment. This sensitive management of the Reserve has led to a flourishing of marine life and evident recovery in fish populations.

As fishermen like Jim have agreed to a reduction in gear levels it is therefore desirable to help them achieve an optimum price for their catch by way of providing basic chiller facilities within their ports which has happened in Beer, Axmouth, Lyme Regis, West Bay.

For more information about the Voluntary Code of Conduct visit: https://bit.ly/2AVFRV6

Congratulations Adam!
22nd January, 2019

Huge congratulations to Dr Adam Rees on his freshly printed thesis on The Ecological Effects of Increasing Potting Density in the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area.

Adam's PhD was a collaborative project with the fishermen of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, the Blue Marine Foundation and the University of Plymouth to assess the impact of potting density on seabed biodiversity and target species within the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area.

For more details about Adam's new role as Blue Marine Foundation Research Officer visit: Adam’s New Role

Can you help us identify this specie?
21st January, 2019

Fisherman Jim Newton from Beer, Devon caught this whilst out fishing in Lyme Bay last week. We asked Dr Adam Rees, our Research Officer at Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Reserve) but he has no idea either. Do you?

(Answer: It looks to be a Alpheus glaber - Pistol Shrimp. Usually found in soft muddy sediment, but can easily be amongst the reefs. Reason why we should protect the site not just the reef feature. A nice large specimen if so).

Dolphins in Lyme Bay 
18th January, 2019

Filmed yesterday morning about five nautical miles out in Lyme Bay Reserve by Catherine Whitley, Blue Marine Foundation UK Researcher from fisherman Jim Newton's boat, Bess.

Shout out to our fisherman of the week, Jim Newton!
11th January, 2019

Jim is the skipper of Bess and fishes out of Beer in Devon, where the boats are still pulled up onto the beach. Jim is a member of Reserve Seafood and the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve.

For more information about Reserve Seafood; the sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay visit: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood

Photo by Saeed Rashid Focus Visuals

The Fisheries Observer
A new film by Dorset Coast Forum www.dorsetcoast.com

10th January, 2019

See how Cefas researchers and fishermen are working together in Dorset on a really important project.

It's a fascinating story and as Liseve, Ruth's co-worker says ‘there's a lot fishermen can teach us and working together we get the best blend of information and knowledge and sharing.’

**Calling All Recreation Fishers In Lyme Bay**
7th January, 2019

We are encouraging recreational fishers in Lyme Bay to use our free, downloadable mobile app Epicollect5 to record their ray catches as part of our ongoing study.

The app is designed to be used in the field and will ask a few simple questions including the GPS location, gear type, ray species, size, date and time of catch. This important data will feed into our research investigating the current conservation status of the local ray population within the Lyme Bay Reserve.

Instructions on how to use the app are below, alternatively, fishers can enter their data online at Blue Marine Foundation Epicollect5.

Download and data entry instructions:

  1. Download Epicollect5 on Android or iPhone app store
  2. Open App 
  3. Click ‘+ Add Project’ – Blue Marine Foundation 
  4. Select the downloaded project 
  5. Select ‘+ Add entry’ to enter ray/skate catch information 
  6. When prompted, answer the questions on the screen
  7. Once finished, click “Upload entry”

Please note, all submitted records are publicly accessible via the Epicollect5 website. Please do not submit personal information with your sightings.

If fishers want to contact us directly they can speak to Catherine Whitley, UK Researcher from the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Reserve).

Angling Trust Wyvern Region Open Shore Competition Slapton, South Devon
6th January 2019

The South West’s first major event in 2019 attracted 158 anglers to the South Hams to fish the annual Angling Trust Wyvern Open Festival. The weather conditions for a change was perfect with a light west/north west wind and a flat calm sea for the five hour event.

Whiting, Dogfish, Mackerel, Garfish & Grey Gurnard were caught during the event. The results were announced within half an hour of the close of scales at 6.45 pm at the Festival Headquarters at the Stokeley Farm Shop.

The worthy winner was Ben Bradstock (Honiton Sea Angling Club) who recorded a specimen Whiting of 1.98lb and a L.S.D. of 1.87lb (206.8%), it was Ben’s second year in a row winning last year’s event.

Written by Press Officer Mike Spiller of Honiton Sea Angling Club who represents the Angling Trust Wyvern Region at the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve Consultative Committee Meetings.

Pictured are the winners of the night.

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