2018 NewsJOB VACANCY: Blue Marine Foundation Coordinator (South-West)
A vacancy has arisen for a Coordinator (South-West) to join the Blue Marine Foundation team. The Coordinator will be part of a team responsible for developing and managing BLUE’s Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve and other projects in the South West.
BLUE’s highly successful project in Lyme Bay, for the last five years has not only achieved conservation improvements, but also improved livelihoods of local fishermen. See HERE for a recent news clip.
The post-holder should have a good understanding of UK fisheries and at least three years’ experience in delivering UK or international marine conservation projects. Experience working directly with fishermen a positive.
Full job specification can be seen here. Deadline Monday 19th February, 2018.Something to brighten up your Monday
22nd January, 2018
We love sharing this video of a scallop swimming along the Lyme Bay seabed. Most species of the scallop family are free-living active swimmers, propelling themselves through the water through the use of the adductor muscles to open and close their shells. Swimming occurs by the clapping of valves for water intake.
This video was filmed by Plymouth University Marine Institute as part of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve Scientific Potting Study.
Like & Share
Consultative Committee Meeting Minutes
17th January, 2018
Ever wondered what goes on at the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve Consultative Committee Meetings which sees Lyme Bay fishermen, conservationists, marine regulators and scientists sit around the same table and plan the sustainable future of Lyme Bay? Follow the link below to read the minutes from the most recent meeting held in Lyme Regis in December. It includes;
- Updates on the Management Plan
- Port infrastructure improvements
- Education Outreach Programme
- Codes of Conduct review
- Scientific potting study
…and much more!
11th January, 2018
Our very own Neville Copperthwaite, Project Coordinator for the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve is in the first edition of the Bridport Times – a new monthly, local magazine which is absolutely gorgeous!
Read it here: http://bit.ly/2EyuWjzUnderwater Wonders of Lyme Bay
9th January, 2018
The East Tennants Reef in Lyme Bay supports one of densest and most extensive populations of seafans in the English Channel. The seafans found here are notable for their large size in addition to the high density found here and that is why the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve aims to look after this rich habitat through sustainable fisheries management.
Local underwater photographer Colin Munro who filmed this rocky reef in about 24-29 meters approximately 5 miles offshore describes the reefs in Lyme Bay as mostly low lying and the waters tend to be fairly gloomy and turbid. As this is essentially a large, open, sandy bay exposed to the prevailing winds, then significant amounts of suspended sediment are the norm.
Whilst winds may ease in summer, it is also prone to strong plankton blooms during May and June, with a second less pronounced bloom in late summer. Thus underwater visibility rarely exceeds 10 metres (30ft) and frequently may be less than 3 metres (10ft). The reefs in the bay, though numerous in the centre and east, are mostly discontinuous, forming a patchwork of low rocky outcrops surrounded by sediment. This means that they tend to be covered by thin veneers of sediment as tide and wave action lifts and sweeps sand across them. This makes it a rather challenging environment for the underwater photographer. Low light levels and high levels of suspended sediment producing lots of backscatter from lights making for tricky problems in producing good images.
Filmed by Colin Munro (www.colinmunrophotography.com). Underwater lighting by Sean Leake.
Bracing the cold northerly wind!
8th January, 2018
Here are some photos of builders working on the cladding on the West Bay chiller unit this morning in a freezing northerly wind.
The chiller unit is part of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve’s aim to improve existing port facilities with the provision of chiller facilities and insulated fish boxes, which help to improve the quality, durability and value of the landed catches by the fishermen. As fishermen have agreed to a reduction in gear levels in the interests of the environment, it is therefore desirable to help them achieve an optimum price for their catch by way of providing basic chiller facilities within their port. The availability of this chiller unit will lead to increased competitiveness and improved quality of the fishermen's catch. In turn this will lead to increased value on their existing catch from existing markets.
The chiller unit is part funded by the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) and the European Fisheries Fund. The fishing ports of Beer, Axmouth and Lyme Regis already have their chiller units and are being used to great success.
Also pictured is the Axmouth chiller unit (on a warm summer's day) with the cladding complete. For more information about the fishermen's catch visit: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood/Schools Outreach 2018
5th January, 2018
A new year means the start of more visits by the Lyme Bay Schools Outreach Team. Since the start in January 2014 they have visited 85 schools in the Devon and Dorset area engaging with some 5,188 students. 20 of these visits have been repeat bookings, which must mean we're doing something right!
The programme involves fishing representatives visiting schools to deliver an adaptable presentation which has proved highly popular so far with teachers reporting that school children have been engaged and delighted by demonstrations of different fishing methods and the life-cycle of a lobster, featuring a live lobster. In the last year Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Reserve) have developed the project to formalise and structure a more comprehensive programme reaching out to more students and using innovative techniques.
Do you work at a school and are interested in a FREE visit? Then contact Nicky Mitchard, Schools Outreach Coordinator: to secure your booking in 2018.
Pictured here are photos from Broadmayne First School, Dorset, Redstart Primary School, Chard, Thomas Hardye School, Dorset and West Hill Primary School, Ottery St Mary.