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.”

2018 News

Ray Research
22nd October, 2018

Catherine Whitley, UK Researcher at the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Reserve) spent the day out at sea last week with Lyme Bay fisherman Gavin Ziemann measuring any rays he caught as part of her study.

The study is researching into the sustainability of the local ray fishery in Lyme Bay Reserve. This study aims to assess the spatial distribution, capture methods and discard survivorship of these key commercial species to inform appropriate management measures within the Reserve.

Sea What’s There
19th October, 2018

Wednesday evening saw our very own Morven Robertson from Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Reserve) talk at the 'Sea What’s There' event at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis. It was a great opportunity to talk to the packed house about BLUE's work with Lyme Bay's local, small-scale fishermen and other UK conservation projects. Feedback from one Twitter follower shows it was a good night, 'Excellent presentation last night @marinetheatre from @LymeBayReserve @Bluemarinef where we learned about conservation projects in Lyme Regis'.

Well done fellow guest speakers and all involved in a very interesting evening.

Photo by Lyme Splash: www.lyme-splash.com

Consultative Committee Meeting
3rd October, 2018

Dramatic skies over Lyme Regis yesterday as Lyme Bay fishers, marine regulators, conservationists, scientists and partners meet around the same table for the 37th Consultative Committee Meeting. Hoping for productive discussions for the continued health and productivity of Lyme Bay Reserve. #partnershipworking. For minutes on previous meetings head over to: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/download-centre/

Photo taken by Dr Adam Rees, Blue Marine Foundation Research Officer.

Reserve Seafood
1st October, 2018

The van was full again last tonight with Reserve Seafood; the sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay Reserve. Visit Plymouth Trawler Agents to buy this premium product: www.plymouthtrawleragents.com. For more details about Reserve Seafood visit: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood

Education Outreach Programme
27th September, 2018

Do you work in education? Are you interested in all things fishy? If the answer is yes then the Lyme Bay Reserve Marine Education Outreach Programme is for you! Delivering fascinating sessions exploring marine biodiversity, sustainable fishing and marine litter, delivered by experts in your school for FREE! Bookings are now being taken. Contact our Education Officer Paula Palfrey to make your booking:

Young & Fishing with Sam Shuker
17th September, 2018

Excited to share the first Dorset Coastal Stories film with you. Meet Sam Shuker, an inspiring 17 year old trainee fisherman from Lyme Regis fishing in Lyme Bay Reserve. Filmed for the Dorset Coast Forum (www.dorsetcoast.com) by Butterfly Effect Films.

Watch & Share:

14th September, 2018

Fisherman Matt Toms catching from is boat Magnum out of West Bay pictured here with some beautiful bream on its way to Plymouth Trawler Agents: www.plymouthtrawleragents.com ready for market this morning.

'Young and Fishing' film
12th September, 2018

Butterfly Effect Films are excited about their first film 'Young and Fishing' filmed for Dorset Coast Forum which will be released later this week.

They first met 17 year old Sam Shuker in March on the quay at Lyme Regis as he came in from a long day's scallop fishing in Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve. As he talked them through his working day, his training on the job, his determination despite the odds to make it as a commercial fisherman and scallop diver Butterfly Effect Films knew they had their first story.

Watch the trailer and follow Butterfly Effect Films to keep posted on the release of this and their other films:

Plymouth Trawler Agents
12th September, 2018

Hollie Rose from Axmouth landed some beautiful pollack and mackerel yesterday and Outcast III also from Axmouth landed some smashing pollack and bream, all caught in Lyme Bay Reserve. The catch headed straight to Plymouth Trawler Agents (www.plymouthtrawleragents.com) to be sold on the market this morning.

This is all part of Reserve Seafood; our sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay:www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood

Construction work complete in West Bay
7th September, 2018

Construction work is now complete outside the West Bay chiller unit with racks next to the chiller for storage. The chiller unit provides fishermen from Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve who fish out of West Bay access to insulated storage which will help to improve the quality, durability and value of their landed catches.

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 these facilities within their ports.

The construction work was paid for by West Dorset District Council and the storage racks built and paid for by the Harbour team. The chiller unit was part funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Blue Marine Foundation. The West Bay chiller unit now completes the set with similar facilities in the ports of Lyme Regis, Axmouth and Beer, which are all being used to great success.

Sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood
6th September, 2018

Brothers Charlie and Gavin Ziemann from Axmouth in Devon showing off some stunning plaice and a rather large crab fresh from Lyme Bay Reserve yesterday.

This sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood from Lyme Bay is branded 'Reserve Seafood' and is heading straight to Plymouth Trawler Agents, the heart of the English fishing industry.

For more information about Reserve Seafood head over to our website: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood

Could Lyme Bay Reserve be a Marine Park?
5th September, 2018

Inspiring film by Blue Marine Foundation about marine parks. Marine parks would improve the conservation of natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage in UK coastal waters and provide more opportunities for people to understand and enjoy the country’s finest marine landscapes.

Watch the film and read the Blue Marine Foundation Marine Parks Report here: bluemarinefoundation.com/2018/08/30/marine-parks-report/

Education Outreach Team in Lyme Bay
4th September, 2018

The start of a new school year heralded a meeting of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve and the Blue Marine Foundation Education Outreach Team in Lyme Regis yesterday. Plans were made, targets set and an exciting buzz around the table was sensed as we embark on the 5th year of the education outreach programme. Our education outreach programme explores marine biodiversity and sustainable fishing and is delivered at your school by experts for free! They are tailored for all ages and aligned to the national curriculum with extension resources with literacy and numeracy exercises supplied at the end of the visit. These sessions are designed to equip students with an understanding of basic marine ecology and how fishing sustainably in Lyme Bay can protect marine species and habitats for future generations.

If you would like to book your free session contact Nicky Mitchard, Education Outreach Coordinator:

Pictured left to right: Nicky Mitchard (Lyme Bay Education Outreach Coordinator), Mandy Wolfe (Blue Marine Foundation  South West Coordinator), Gavin Ziemann (Lyme Bay Fisherman Ambassador), Paula Palfrey (Blue Marine Foundation Education Coordinator), Morven Robertson (Blue Marine Foundation UK Project Manager), Rowena Taylor (Lyme Bay Coordinator).

Catch of the day!
31st August 2018

Check out these beautiful lobsters caught in Lyme Bay Reserve by local fishermen Charlie and Gavin Ziemann from Axmouth onboard Sunbeam and Ventura. These lobsters are currently on their way to Kingfisher Brixham where you can buy them direct: www.kingfisherbrixham.co.uk

Sky News
30th August 2018

A great piece by Sky News showcasing the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve where the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) model of sustainable fishing has resulted in a win-win for conservation and for local fishermen who claim that BLUE's involvement in Axmouth, Beer, Lyme Regis and West Bay is "the best thing to happen to these ports in 100 years."

'A Story of Success'
20th August 2018

Fantastic article written in the August edition of the Marshwood Vale Magazine about Lyme Bay Reserve featuring fishermen Angus Walker, John Worswick and Nigel Birt with scientific insight from Dr Adam Rees from University of Plymouth and Morven Robertson from Blue Marine Foundation. Grab yourself a copy, sit back with a cup of Dorset Tea and read about the continuing success of Lyme Bay Reserve.

Sea What’s There Talk
15th August 2018

Come and listen to five inspirational people who are turning the tide on the way we treat our oceans on Wednesday 17th October

Morven Robertson, Blue Marine Foundation UK Project Manager who works on the Lyme Bay Reserve project has been invited by the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis to speak alongside four other marine conservation advocates about the conservation work happening in Lyme Bay. Through film, talks, facts, and discussion they will share how they have observed, recorded, advised, and broadcast the effects of plastic, climate change, over-fishing and pollution on our seas.

For more details and to buy tickets head over to:

Ocean swimmer Lewis Pugh reaches Lyme Bay
7th August, 2018

Yesterday Lewis Pugh; ocean advocate, swimmer, UN Patron of the Oceans reached Lyme Bay - the halfway point of #TheLongSwim. While there he and Dr Luke Holmes from University of Plymouth spoke to Sky News about the Lyme Bay Reserve where Blue Marine Foundation has developed a win-win model for conservation and sustainable fishing.


Cooking up a storm in Lyme Bay
7th August, 2018

Lyme Bay local Paul Shearing who is chef at London's Roast Restaurant was cooking up a storm in sunny Lyme Bay yesterday, cooking local, sustainably caught Lyme Bay Reserve fish and shellfish for the Sky News team during a filming trip in the Bay following Lewis Pugh on his ocean swim… more to come on that, so stay tuned!

Filming with Sky News in Lyme Bay
3rd August, 2018

So exciting to host Sky News in Lyme Bay on Friday. They are filming a piece about Lyme Bay Reserve; a win-win for conservation and sustainable fishing. The shoot starred West Bay fisherman Aubrey Banfield aboard his boat Delta Barbara.

Stay tuned as there's more to come from a busy week of filming in Lyme Bay…

Plymouth University celebrate 10 years of monitoring Lyme Bay
6th August, 2018

Expertise, enthusiasm and collaborative working in the Lyme Bay Marine Protect Area (MPA) with the University of Plymouth, the Blue Marine Foundation and the fishermen of Lyme Bay Reserve as they celebrate 10 years of monitoring the area.

Lyme Bay Scallop Diver on BBC Countryfile
5th August, 2018

Watch from minute 20 to know more about Lyme Bay Reserve scallop diver Kieran Perree.

Get a glimpse of Kieran at work as he scallop dives in Lyme Bay and comes face to face with the weird and wonderful marine life he encounters. Kieran also helps with the long-term monitoring of Lyme Bay with University of Plymouth Marine Institute – a great fisherman and ambassador of sustainable fishing.

Scallop diving is a sustainable method of fishing in Lyme Bay Reserve because it protects the fragile flora and fauna which the scallops call home.


Sneak preview in the West bay Discovery Centre
31st July, 2018

The West Bay Discovery Centre will open to the public tomorrow offering an insight into the area’s history and heritage. It also features information on the thriving fishing industry found in West Bay both past and present and mentions Lyme Bay Reserve with West Bay fisherman Dave Sales making a guest appearance!

After years of planning the 'voyage of discovery' centre opens its doors thanks to the Bridport Area Development Trust who is responsible for bringing the Grade II-listed building back to life and giving it a fresh and exciting new purpose.

For more information head over to: www.westbaydiscoverycentre.org.uk

And for information and volunteering opportunities, email


Photo of Methodist Church at West Bay, John West by Finnbarr Webster.

Honiton Sea Angling Club Competition
20th July, 2018

Great write-up from Mike Spiller of Honiton Sea Angling Club about the recent self-drive plaice competition fishing from Beer in Lyme Bay Reserve;

‘Well what a great evening we had last night at Beer in the club self-drive plaice competition. The winner to be decided by measuring the longest three plaice in the three hour competition. Over 30 plaice were caught during the match between the ten small boats, with most being returned to fight another day. Each boat had three anglers aboard. Other fish caught on the night were rays, conger, smooth-hound and gurnards. Well done to Adam Taylor on winning with three fish for 1.24m. Runner up was Karl Allen with 1.14m and third was James Trevett with 1.11m. A big thank you to Simon Bartlett for the self drives. Chris at Seaton for kindly getting in extra bait and finally Blue Marine Foundation who manage the Lyme Bay Reserve out there. If it wasn't for them our fishing would be by far not so good’.

Marine litter in Lyme Bay Reserve
18th July 2018

Jessie Douglas who crews onboard Sabre E5 out of Lyme Bay sent in this photo yesterday of three balloons they found whilst on a short fishing trip. She collected them and brought them ashore. Balloons float up into the air and disappear from your thoughts, but not from the environment.

Check out this great website by Balloons Blow who provide information to educate people about the destructive effects released balloons have on animals, people, and the environment, and strives to inspire and promote an eco-conscious: www.balloonsblow.org

17th July, 2018

Be sure to tune in to the new BBC4 series Beach Live which starts tonight live from Charmouth beach, right on the doorstep of the Lyme Bay Reserve.

In this live three-part series, historian Dan Snow and natural history experts Lucy Cooke and Niall Strawson aim to open our eyes to the amazing prehistoric landscapes, unique animals and intriguing historical insights hidden beneath the sand and sea of a single stretch of British coastline.

Keep a close eye out for fascinating underwater footage we have sent in to the team at BBC4 Beach Live who aim to bring the seabed and all it's wonderful marine flora, fauna and mammals to life.


Watch in anticipation
16th July, 2018

A treat for Nigel and son Sam from Lyme Bay Fish Shack whilst out fishing in Lyme Bay yesterday 10 miles from Lyme Regis.

MARINElife can you identify the specie from this footage? We'd love to know.

Dorset Seafood Festival
13th July, 2018

We were at the 2018 Dorset Seafood Festival for yet another bumper packed weekend in the sun supplying some of the finest sustainable seafood our local seas have to offer. We supplied the Seafish demo stage with Reserve Seafood; our sustainable, provenance-assured fish and shellfish from Lyme Bay Reserve for their chefs to demonstrate how to cook with. International seafood guru Duncan Lucas from The Fish Shop by Passionate About Fish demonstrated his fish filleting skills using Reserve Seafood in aid of the Fishermen's Mission. The team from Blue Marine Foundation headed-up the information stand with a lot of interested passers by engaged in the conservation measures being made in Lyme Bay. Yet again another fantastically organised, well attended festival and one which will be returning to next year.

Dolphins bow riding in Lyme Bay Reserve 
11th July, 2018

Another fab video filmed by Jessie Douglas, fisher who crews for Rob King on his boat Sabre in Lyme Regis.

King Ina C of E Academy school visit
4th July, 2018

Fisherman Gavin Ziemann from Axmouth headed to King Ina C of E Academy school yesterday to present to two classes about marine litter. Here's what Gavin had to say;

"Both classes were very engaged and already doing litter projects. They were well informed and had a good idea of how litter ended up in the seas and on the beaches, however they had mainly focused on plastics, so it was good to talk about other types of marine litter". Mandy Wolfe, Blue Marine Foundation South West Coordinator who oversees the day-to-day running of Lyme Bay Reserve also attend the visit;

"It was a great day yesterday, the school was very engaged and have been working this term on many projects to do with plastics. The school has a school council that has approached their governors with proposals looking at plastic use within the school, how they use it and what they could use instead. They have also been a part of Surfers Against Sewage".
Sounds like King Ina C of E Academy has been very active in understanding marine litter this term, which is great to see. Great work everyone involved.

Photos show a selection of students marine litter work.

What a whopper!
2nd July, 2018

Check out this beauty picked up yesterday by Lyme Bay 'Reserve Seafood' collection and delivery driver Gary Baker. An 8.24 kilo Turbot – easily the biggest he has ever picked up. Caught by Jamie Smith from is boat Valiron out of West Bay.

For more details about Reserve Seafood – the sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay head over to: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood

All Saints School Visit
29th June, 2018

Mari Walker our Education Consultant went along to All Saints School in Weymouth, Dorset yesterday and assist fisherman Gavin Ziemann in his sustainable fishing presentation. Here's what she had to say;

'We were warmly welcomed today to All Saints School by Mrs Allen and her year 9s. They were very interested in what Gavin had to say about the marine life in the Reserve and how it is sustainably fished. There were great questions about the utilisation of cuttlefish and surprise at the difference in size between king and queen scallops! They were keen to find out the different fishing techniques used within the bay and were impressed by the use of tracking systems so they can find out exactly how far their fish has travelled before they eat it'.

If you work in education and would like a FREE visit please contact Nicky Mitchard our Education Outreach Officer to book your visit: .
We are now at full capacity this academic year however we are now taking books from September onwards.

Annual Lyme Bay MPA (Marine Protected Area) monitoring
26th June, 2018

Annual Lyme Bay MPA (Marine Protected Area) monitoring is underway starting with baited video. Flat calm seas and scorching sun welcomed Dr Adam Rees; Post Doctoral Researcher at University of Plymouth and Blue Marine Foundation Research Officer and his team.


Lyme Bay Reserve Skate
25th June, 2018

Beautiful packaging of our Lyme Bay Reserve Skate by Sole of Discretion netted by Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve boats Lilly May and Sunbeam. Sole of Discretion is an ethical fishmonger. It is a social enterprise owned by and benefitting the fishing community.


Whale Sighting
25th June, 2018

An email came in over the weekend from Neal Simons from Charmouth who spotted what he thinks was a whale in Lyme Bay. Here's what he had to say;

'I live in Charmouth Dorset and just wanted to mention I spotted a whale (perhaps an Orca) off our coast at around 5:30 PM on Saturday evening (23/06/18). Was heading west and seen about 1/2 a mile off our beach. Although I’ve lived in the UK for the past 16 years, prior I lived in Florida, quite accustomed to seeing tons of dolphins and know the difference. Definitely had that long relatively narrow Orca dorsal fin and the flukes were a match to my eye, sadly no photo, seen through binoculars. Was able to get a good sense of the massive scale as there was a boat not too far away behind it. At first there was a thrashing of whitewater that caught my attention, then the dorsal fin breached the surface twice, a blow of spray and then the flukes. Couldn’t see any white markings (didn’t come out high enough) definitely seemed all black as a looked at it in direct sunlight, not shadow.'

We think MARINElife will be interested in this sighting. MARINElife is a UK-based charity established to coordinate and develop a growing portfolio of global cetacean and seabird research and monitoring projects. Through these projects and collaborations with like-minded organisations they aim to further the conservation of the wildlife of oceans and coasts through scientific investigation and educational activities.


Common Thresher shark spotted in Lyme Bay
19th June, 2018

JAW dropping images of a Common Thresher Shark taken by Tom Brereton of MARINElife during a recent Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays' Seabirds & Cetaceans of Lyme Bay' trip last week. Quote from Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays;

'Guests on our 'Seabirds & Cetaceans of Lyme Bay' last week were treated to a once in a lifetime encounter with a Common Thresher Shark! The shark gave a stunning display, breaching several times right next to the boat. Threshers use their abnormally long tail to stun shoaling fish, making them easier to catch. Thanks to tour leader Tom Brereton for the photos'.

Celebrating 10 years of monitoring in the Lyme Bay
18th June, 2018

A fantastic day was had on Friday at the University of Plymouth Marine Institute celebrating 10 years of monitoring in the Lyme Bay marine protected area. Morven Robertson from the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Reserve) presented her findings to the guests along with Dr Emma Sheehan who welcomes fishers, managers and partners working towards a healthy, productive Lyme Bay. For more details head over to: www.plymouth.ac.uk/alumni-friends/invenite/lyme-bay-and-dr-emma-sheehan

Woodwater Academy Education Outreach Visit
14th June, 2018

Mari Walker the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve Education Consultant headed off to Woodwater Academy in Exeter last week to present a session on Marine Litter to a mixed year 5/6 group and here's what Mari had to say about her visit;

"This session was presented to a lovely group of attentive listeners. Some of the year 6s had been doing some work on plastic waste already and were keen to get some more information to fuel letters they have been sending to try and solve our plastic problem. Both the staff and the pupils were surprised at the scale of the problem, but the pupils were keen to come up with solutions to try and prevent plastic and other litter ending up in our oceans. They were interested in the variety of litter that is found on our beaches and by our fishermen and were eager to spread the word as to how everyone can do their bit to help with this problem".

Well done Mari and the Woodwater pupils. If you work in education and would like a FREE visit please contact our Education Programme Coordinator Nicky Mitchard: . We are fully booked this year however we are now taking bookings for the next academic year starting in September 2018.

Consultative Committee Meeting Minutes
14th June, 2018

Minutes from the latest Consultative Committee Meeting are now online: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/download-centre/files/Lyme_Bay_36th_Meeting_Minutes.pdf

Read about the latest developments within Lyme Bay brought about by the unique partnership between fishermen, conservationists, marine regulators and scientists.

Grey Mullet and Bream within Lyme Bay Reserve
12th June, 2018

Fishermen Charlie Ziemann aboard his boat Sunbeam from Axmouth has been busy today catching grey mullet and bream within Lyme Bay Reserve.

One of the Reserve's aims is to help fishermen achieve top pricing for their catch. To do this the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) have created the Reserve Seafood brand, which markets the sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay.

Head over to our website to discover more about Reserve Seafood: lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood

Rare catch in Lyme Bay Reserve
8th June, 2018

A rare catch in the cuttlefish traps in Lyme Bay this week! An Octopus vulgaris. It went back unharmed. Photo by Lyme Bay Reserve Rob King (pictured).

36th Consultative Committee Meeting
6th June, 2018

Last week saw the 36th Working Group Meeting held in Lyme Regis. These meetings see fishermen, conservationists, marine regulators and scientists gather around the same table to discuss the sustainable future of Lyme Bay.

    The agenda included:
  • Updates on; recreational angling, chiller stores, iVMS, Reserve Seafood, education outreach programme, FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group), codes of conduct review
  • Skate and ray research
  • Potting study consultation
  • Future management plan
  • Communications & PR

Chaired by Tim Glover, UK Projects Director from Blue Marine Foundation attendees included:

Skate & Ray Research
5th June, 2018

Catherine Whitley, UK Researcher at the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) was in Lyme Bay last week talking to fishermen in Beer about skate and ray populations as part of a new research project.

At the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve our mission is to forge links between fishermen, conservationists, regulators and scientists in order to maintain a healthy, productive and sustainable Marine Reserve. Our vision is to achieve a well-managed Marine Reserve within the bay that will benefit fishermen and conservationists alike.

Dolphins in Lyme Bay
4th June, 2018

Another fantastic video showing the amazing marine life found in Lyme Bay, this time of a Risso’s dolphin spotted off Charmouth in Dorset about 10 days ago with the impressive Jurassic Coast World Hesitage Site in the background. Filmed by Rob King skipper of Sabre in Lyme Regis.

Did you spot what's swimming deep in Lyme Bay? 
1st June, 2018

Footage taken by Oscar who is the skipper of the Hollie Rose out of Axmouth harbour.

Positive comments from a recreational angler about the Reserve
31st May, 2018

A great quote sent in to Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Fisheries ad Conservation Reserve) by Steve Wainwright aboard his boat ‘Ollie’ from Axmouth about the fishing he recently experienced in Lyme Bay Reserve;

"I thought I would give some feedback to the Blue Marine Foundation from a recreational anglers perspective. I feel that the Reserve is really maturing now, in addition the angling experience mentioned later I noticed a great deal of 'sign' on my FishFinder, much more than I would normally expect. In my mind the reserve is working and working well. I had a great trip out today on a half tide and picked up Mackerel, Dogs, Huss, Plaice and the biggest Conger I have ever seen, easily as long as I am tall, it gave a real battle on a light rod and 20lb line, I was unable to net it so I considered the gaff but its not something I like to do as if you get it wrong the fish will die. Also it would have caused mayhem on the boat! A great day and not very far out. The Conger, Huss and some Dogfish were returned."

Signs that the Lyme Bay Reserve ecosystem is thriving due to the conservation measures put in place. Pictures of Axmouth harbour taken by Mandelai Wolfe from Blue Marine Foundation.

Turbot in Lyme Bay
15th May, 2018

Lyme Bay inshore fishermen aboard KT-Sam catching some lovely looking turbot over the weekend out in the bay. Sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood – what's not to love? Photo by the Lyme Bay Fish Shack.

West Bay Chiller Unit
14th May, 2018

The West Bay chiller unit is up and running providing fishermen from Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve who fish out of West Bay access to insulated storage which will help to improve the quality, durability and value of their landed catches.

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 these facilities within their ports.

Part funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) and the Blue Marine Foundation the West Bay chiller unit completes the set with similar facilities in the ports of Lyme Regis, Axmouth and Beer, which are all being used to great success.

Fish Boxes
4th May, 2018

New fish boxes have arrived in Lyme Bay Reserve for our fishermen to use. Because the 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 ice facilities within their port. With the provision of these boxes along with ice making equipment this will improve the quality, durability and value of the landed catches.

The availability of on-site ice will also 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. A win for the environment and a win for the fishermen.

Baited underwater videos
2nd May, 2018

Highlight from the baited experiment filmed by University of Plymouth Marine Institute in Lyme Bay Reserve – a stealthy cuttlefish and a dogfish.

Life beneath the waves of Lyme Bay can be a fascinating place. Discover more about the weird and wonderful marine species over on our website: 

Reserve Seafood
26th April, 2018

Some tasty looking plaice and lobster caught in Lyme Bay Reserve recently being weighed by collection and delivery driver Gary for Reserve Seafood.

Reserve Seafood is a premium product which 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, 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 the Bay informs the sustainability of the product.

For more details about Reserve Seafood head over to:

Education Outreach Programme Update
25th April, 2018

Our Education Outreach Team was invited back to The Thomas Hardye School on Monday to present to the whole of Year 9 about sustainable fishing.

This time Dr Adam Rees from Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) presented the two back-to-back sessions to around 500 students in total. He talked about sustainably managing Lyme Bay Reserve's marine environment and its resources. He also gave an overview of how he got involved in the project and what it is like to be a Marine Biologist working in this field. Adam said the students were really engaged and asked some good questions at the end.

Teacher Andrew Ellison quotes; 'I would like to thank you for organising the visit yesterday. There is a big range of abilities in our Y9 cohort and I think it is difficult trying to pitch a talk that engages all students. I asked my colleagues and they all agreed with me that Adam got it spot on. It was of a suitable amount of time, included participation from the students and allowed enough time for questions'.

Fisherman Gavin Ziemann also attended the visit and took the attached photos.

Great work Education Outreach Team! Keep up the good work.

Education Outreach Programme Update
23rd April, 2018

Excellent fun was had last week at Damers First School in Dorchester, Dorset talking about marine litter. Reporting back on the visit was Dr Adam Rees who conducted the visit, "Phrases you like to hear like 'I have an invention to solve the plastic problem’ ‘Our school is aiming to become plastic free’ ‘I want to be a marine biologist". Some inspiring quotes from the children and great to see young minds working hard to solve the problems we face in our marine world.

This morning also saw a visit back to The Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester presenting to the whole of Year 9… that's over 200 students! Stay tuned for a full report on today's visit.

Boosting livelihoods and conservation practices among small-scale fishermen.
20th April, 2018


Dr Adam Rees
19th April, 2018

Great article by  Plymouth University about Dr Adam Rees, Blue Marine Foundation Research Officer University graduate who has been working on the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve project for almost a decade and is now Research Officer on a major new partnership. www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/pr-features/dr-adam-rees-blue-marine-foundation-research-officer

Camouflage Cuttlefish
26th April, 2018

Great video filmed in Lyme Bay Reserve by Plymouth University Marine Institute highlighting how good cuttlefish are at camouflage… did you spot it first time?

Education Outreach Update
23rd April, 2018

It has been a busy week for our Education Outreach Team who have been visiting schools in Devon and Dorset to spread with word about sustainable fishing and marine litter.

Fisherman Gavin Ziemann (pictured) from Axmouth fishing port in Lyme Bay is one of the Education Outreach Ambassadors. On Wednesday he visited Our Lady & St Patrick's School in Teignmouth to present two back-to-back presentations about marine litter found in and around Lyme Bay.

And yesterday Adam Rees, Blue Marine Foundation Research Officer headed to Sidmouth Primary School to conduct two more back-to-back presentations about marine litter. Here’s what Adam had to say; ‘The sessions were brilliant yesterday, around 140 kids in total. All really engaged. They had all recently been working on pollution and plastics in the environment (including writing to the PM) so were really enthusiastic - even coming up with inventions for solving the plastic problem. One girl came up to me at the end as she had been drawing a poster while I was talking'. But that’s not all! Today Gavin was invited back to Marshwood Primary School in Bridport to talk about marine litter. Stay tuned to find out how he got on.

Photos from Lyme Bay Reserve
14th April, 2018

We thought we would share some great photos taken by Mandy Wolfe (Interim South West Coordinator) during her visits to the four ports of Lyme Bay Reserve Fisheries and Conservation Reserve; West Bay, Lyme Regis, Axmouth and Beer.

Lots of lobsters being caught and sold through Reserve Seafood last week
5th March, 2018

Photo taken by Dr Adam Rees, Post Doctoral researcher at Plymouth University and Blue Marine Foundation Research Officer whilst visiting the ports of Lyme Bay Reserve.

Interview with Dr Emma Sheehan
27th February, 2018

Senior Research fellow of Applied Marine Ecologist at Plymouth Marine Institute Dr Emma Sheehan discusses her journey as a researcher including pioneering work in Lyme Bay Reserve featured in the new Plymouth University Invenite Magazine: www.plymouth.ac.uk/alumni-friends/invenite/lyme-bay-and-dr-emma-sheehan

Fishy Factoid Time!
21st February, 2018

Did you know… a cuckoo wrasse can change sex? Here's a fantastic example filmed in Lyme Bay Reserve and edited by Chloe Game, Project Support Officer at Plymouth University Marine Institute. Credit: www.sheehanresearchgroup.com/return

Ambitious plan for conservation
19th February, 2018

University research informs the Government’s ambitious plan for conservation – decade-long study in Lyme Bay pioneers 'whole site approach'. Conducted by Dr Emma Sheehan and Dr Sian Rees of Plymouth University : www.plymouth.ac.uk/news/university-research-informs-the-governments-ambitious-plan-for-conservation

Female cuckoo wrasse
15th February, 2018

WOW! Chloe Game from Plymouth University Marine Institute has been looking through archive footage from Lyme Bay Reserve again. Here is a female cuckoo wrasse from 2010 swimming amongst some pink sea fans. Did you know… Lyme Bay Reserve has the largest colony of pink sea fans in the UK with numbers increasing eight times since 2008.

Rare sighting of a Gray Triggerfish
12th February, 2018

Research Assistant Chloe Game of Plymouth University Marine Institute has been going through archive footage filmed in Lyme Bay and found this rare sighting of a Gray Triggerfish.

The jaw of the Triggerfish contains eight strong incisor teeth which it uses to chisel holes in mussels and other hard shelled molluscs to get at the soft flesh inside. In September, 2007 Triggerfish were reported on several occasion fighting each other on wrecks in Lyme Bay. The Triggerfish were seen with lumps bitten out of each other!

The Triggerfish is a visitor to British waters from warmer Southern seas. During the summer divers can see these Triggerfish around wrecks in Lyme Bay. When hiding in crevices they hold their position using the first spine on their dorsal fin locking it in place with the second spine. The second spine also acts as a trigger to unlock the first spine and hence the name Triggerfish. Video by: sheehanresearchgroup.com / Plymouth University

Congratulations Dr Rees!
8th February, 2018

Huge congratulations to Dr Adam Rees on just getting through his PhD viva on the Lyme Bay Reserve Experimental Potting Project – a collaborative programme with Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation ReserveBlue Marine Foundation and Plymouth University to assess the impact of potting density on seabed biodiversity and target species within the Lyme Bay Marine Protected Area. We can call you Dr Rees now! Photo by Martin Attrill – Professor of Marine Ecology, Plymouth University.

Fishy Facts
5th February, 2018

Discover the facts and figures of Lyme Bay Reserve in full infographic colour.

From Soil to the Sea
2nd February, 2018

Our very own Neville Copperthwaite, Project Coordinator for the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve is in the 2nd edition of the Bridport Times – a new monthly, local magazine which is absolutely gorgeous! Check out the interesting article here: http://bit.ly/2EaMqWC

JOB 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.

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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!


Stop the press!
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/2EyuWjz

Underwater 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.