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2020 News

Mark Hix cooks #LocalFishForDinner 
7th May, 2020

Watch Lyme Bay chef Mark Hix as he cooks up some sustainably caught lobster from Lyme Bay Reserve served with asparagus and wild garlic, cooked and filmed on the Blue Marine Foundation Instagram account last week.

Make good use of the abundance of wild garlic and the availability of fresh fish and shellfish from our small-scale fishing fleet here in Lyme Bay. To source your lobsters get in touch with Call 4 Fish and they will deliver direct to your door.

Say hello to Lyme Bay scallop diver Kieran Perree
6th May, 2020

Kieran is the skipper of 'Miss Pattie' and owner of GoldenScallops who specialise in hand-dived scallops; a sustainable way to harvest this delicious, sweet seafood. They were awarded the 'Silver Sustainability Award' at Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival in 2018.

They are also members of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve and regularly attend the Consultative Committee Meetings, which sets out to achieve the establishment of a multiple-use marine protected area in Lyme Bay where fishing is sustainable and well-managed, important habitats and features are protected and the fishing communities receive benefits from fishing responsibly.

For more details about Lyme Bay Reserve head over to our website www.lymebayreserve.co.uk

Photo by www.jamesbowden.net

New boat day
27th April, 2020

Finally the new boat for owners of the Lyme Bay Fish Shack is ready to go to work. KT-SAM E10 will be heading out into Lyme Bay to sustainably fish the finest fish and shellfish these shores have to offer.

Owner Nigel and son Sam are looking forward to the next chapter in their fishing business with Sam joining the new boat full-time. Here's to the future of inshore fishermen in Lyme Bay and keeping the small inshore fleet alive.

What a Brill-iant idea!
24th April, 2020

Make Brill the fish of your dish this #FishFriday. Brill is an underrated flatfish related to the highly-prized Turbot, with similarly sweet and firm flesh. You can order your Brill from our local fish mongers Lyme Bay Fish Shack and Beer Fisheries Ltd or order via Call 4 Fish.

Not sure how to cook Brill? Check out these delicious recipes by the Blue Marine Foundation, facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve: https://bit.ly/2Wy62wt

The future is bright
23rd April, 2020

The future of the Lyme Bay fishing fleet is looking bright with young Sam from the Lyme Bay Fish Shack at the helm.

Sam was featured in the Sunday Times article about how the new Call 4 Fish initiative is helping to bring local fish and shellfish from port to plate and keeping the local fishing fleet in business during these challenging times.

Fancy some fresh, local, sustainably sourced fish for dinner this week? The Lyme Bay Fish Shack is open Monday to Saturday from 9am. Taking phone orders and offering local delivery to your door.

For more details visit: www.call4fish.com/lymebay

Fishy Factoid
21st April, 2020

This smalleyed ray or smalleyed skate is a species of ray in the family Rajidae. It was filmed in the Lyme Bay Reserve by the University of Plymouth Marine Institute as part of the ongoing study of the area.

Did you know that rays give birth to live young called pups? In some species the pups follow their mother after they are born for her protection and guidance. The ray in this video lays eggs which we call mermaids purses. You can find them washed up on beaches along the Dorset and Devon coastline.

For more details about this specie check out: fishingbooker.com/blog/skate-vs-ray/

What fishy facts do you know? 

Cooking up a storm
20th April, 2020

Some tasty looking meals cooked up over the weekend by our very own Adam Rees, Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Plymouth and Blue Marine Foundation Research Officer. Adam ordered his fish through Call 4 Fish – a network set-up to deliver to your door the finest fish and shellfish from our shores. So, what's on the menu? Haddock became Asian tempura fish tacos pan fried with asparagus. Hake was used in a Sri Lankan curry and I think you can guess what happened to the fish pie mix.

Thinking of fish this week for your dinner? You will find details of local suppliers who are able to provide fresh fish on the link below. The fish is available for collection and in many cases can be delivered to your door. This is your chance to eat delicious, high-quality fish with the bonus of all the health benefits of eating fish and supporting your local fishing community.

To place your order contact any of the suppliers listed and they will be pleased to assist: www.call4fish.com/lymebay.

Axmouth lobster storage facility
17th April, 2020

The lobster storage facility is in full swing as demonstrated by Axmouth fisherman Gavin Ziemann. The store allows the fishermen of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve to keep catch on shore in temperature controlled filtered water and reduces losses from store pots at sea.

The East Devon Fishermen’s Association, led by assistant harbourmaster and Lyme Bay fisherman Angus Walker, hit on the idea of building this state-of-the-art lobster store and approached the Dorset and East Devon Fishermen’s Local Action Group (FLAG) for a grant. They agreed to fund 60% of the cost and the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) agreed to finance the balance.

For more details about this project visit: https://bit.ly/2LqRurZ

Meet the fishermen of Lyme Bay Reserve
16th April, 2020

Say hello to fisherman Angus Walker. He fishes from Axmouth harbour in East Devon and is also the Harbour Master there.

Angus was recently involved in the build and installation of an on-land lobster storage facility (part-funded by the Dorset & East Devon FLAG and the Blue Marine Foundation) that will enable him and fellow fishermen to land their catches everyday (instead of storing at sea) to help optimise their price.

Angus was also on quayside helping with the planning of the chiller unit and ice machine which fishermen use to store their fresh fish catches before they are taken to market. This facility helps keep their catch fresher for longer and has been used with great success. Describing the chiller unit and ice machine, (part-funded by Blue Marine Foundation), Angus says it is 'the best thing to happen to this port in 100 years'.

Pictured Angus on quayside in Axmouth with the chiller unit behind him.

Photo by James Bowden: www.jamesbowden.net

Beer Fisheries
15th April, 2020

Delicious, sustainably caught fish from Lyme Bay Reserve available to buy from Beer Fisheries Ltd in Beer.

Beer Fisheries, home to fishermen of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, are offering a FREE home delivery service from Monday to Friday to the local area with no minimum order. They are also delivering nationwide.

Not sure how to cook what’s on offer at your local fish merchant?

The Blue Marine Foundation have suggested some tasty recipes to try with them:
www.bluemarinefoundation.com/.../Local-Fish-for-Dinner-Recipe...
#makefishthedishoftheday #LocalFishForDinner

Lyme Bay Lemon Sole
14th April, 2020

Thinking of ways to spice up your dinner times this week? Don't want to travel to the shops and want to support local fishermen? Think Lyme Bay Lemon Sole! 

Lemon Sole is neither a real sole, nor does it taste of lemon! Part of the flounder family, it's sweet, delicate flesh is suited to being cooked simply, either fried or grilled with a light sauce to accompany it.

You can buy your Lemon Sole along with other sustainably caught fish and shellfish from the Lyme Bay Fish Shack in Axminster or Beer Fisheries Ltd in Beer. Both are offering FREE local delivery.

Think Pollack!
9th April, 2020

Thinking of ways to spice up your dinner times this week? Think Pollack! Baked, beer-battered or pan-fried.

Pollack is available for collection in the Lyme Bay area from two main fish merchants and in many cases can be delivered straight to your door.

This is your chance to eat delicious high quality fish with the bonus of all the health benefits of eating fish at the same time supporting small-scale fishermen who use low-impact fishing methods, such as potting and rod & line, in order to ensure that the fish that you eat is as sustainable as possible.

To place your order contact any of the suppliers listed on the Call 4 Fish website and they will be pleased to assist: call4fish.com/lymebay

Sole-itary Confinement 
8th April, 2020

Morven Robertson, Blue Marine Foundation Senior Projects Manager, takes us on her journey for local fish for dinner, from the Lyme Bay fishermen where she purchases the fish for her delicious dish: https://bit.ly/2WtXFlh

How do you cook your Dover Sole? Do you also use seasonal vegetables? Share your recipes with us #LocalFishForDinner

Enjoy Beer from the comfort of your own home
6th April, 2020

Take a look at the Beervillageuk webcam, live from Beer beach in East Devon. Looks like calm conditions for the fishermen of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, allowing them to head out and catch the low-impact sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay.

beervillage.co.uk/whats-on/beer-beach-web-camera

And don't forget, you can buy this fresh fish online to fill your fridges – and help responsible local fishermen – via the outlets listed on Plymouth Trawler Agents’ new website: www.call4fish.com.

Cooking up a storm
6th April, 2020

Not sure how to cook the sustainable shellfish and fish for sale at your local fish merchant? The Blue Marine Foundation have cooked up some great sustainable fish and recipe suggestions for you to try: https://bit.ly/3fPPWWi

Do you have any tasty recipes to share? Post in the comments field and we'll share your recipes with our followers. And don't forget you can buy fish online to fill your fridges – and help responsible local fishermen – via the outlets listed on Plymouth Trawler Agents’ new website: www.call4fish.com.

Meet the fishermen of Lyme Bay Reserve
1st April, 2020

Say hello to Alan Dowse. He fishes from Axmouth harbour in East Devon from his 18ft boat Good Life'. Alan has been a commercial fisherman since 2007, a couple weeks before the MSC Napoli. disaster – a 62,000 tonne container ship that was deliberately broken up by salvors after she ran into difficulty in the English Channel on 18 January 2007.

Alan mainly fishes for lobsters to supply Reserve Seafood, the low-impact sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood brand of Lyme Bay. For more details about Reserve Seafood visit: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood.

Alan also uses the newly installed lobster storage facility in Axmouth to store his catch when he's able to head out to sea. When asked 'What's your favourite thing about fishing?' he replied; 'The excitement of never knowing what you’re going to catch. Every day is different. If you ever lose that excitement that's the time to pack it all in'. Over the past years Alan has been lucky enough to spot sunfish, dolphins and seals out in Lyme Bay whilst fishing.

Photo by James Bowden: www.jamesbowden.net

Educating the young
31st March, 2020

Are you thinking about what on earth you are going to teach your kids about this week?
Why not teach your children about how amazing our ocean is? 

Find Blue Marine Foundation ocean activities here and let us know how you get on!
https://bit.ly/2zDZzH2

Bottom-up approach to management
25th March, 2020

A bottom-up approach to management, developed here in Lyme Bay, which centres around fishermen-led collaboration is being seen in Berwickshire Marine Reserve.

Read the full blog, 'A 'muckle' big lobster gives hope for Berwickshire' here: bit.ly/2Z1tXG7

#LocalFishForDinner in Lyme Bay
25th March, 2020

Did you know... consumers nationally and locally can now buy fish online to fill their fridges – and help responsible local fishermen – via the outlets listed on Plymouth Trawler Agents’ new website: www.call4fish.com.

Please specify that you would like to buy Reserve Seafood from the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve to support the inshore fishermen of Lyme Bay.

Not sure how to cook the sustainable shellfish and fish for sale at your local fish merchant? Have a look at some delicious recipes by the Blue Marine Foundation on sustainable fish and recipe suggestions!

Fill your fridge and give the community a boost
25th March, 2020

Fill your fridge and give the community a boost by having #LocalFishForDinner Fishermen in the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve sell Reserve Seafood via Plymouth Trawler Agents and other local outlets like these listed below:

Beer Fisheries, Beer, Devon
Phone: 01297 20297
www.beerfisheries.co.uk
Free local delivery available.

Lyme Bay Fish Shack, Kilmington, Devon
Phone: 01297 552176
Free local delivery available.

Just Fish, Seaton, Devon
Phone: 01297 24200

While these markets remain operational the Blue Marine Foundation, facilitators of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, are continuing to support Plymouth Trawler Agents and helping to deliver fish to Plymouth market three times a week. They are committed to pursuing other channels to be sure our Reserve Seafood label continues to be available to the public.

In the meantime, members of the public may not know that it is possible to buy fish via local processors who all source from Plymouth, thus boosting demand and getting fishermen better prices. Local delivery available.

It’s time to re-think how we, as consumers, buy fish
24th March, 2020

Families country-wide are struggling to find stocked supermarkets or book deliveries, and at the same time Britain’s inshore fishermen face desperate times as coronavirus restrictions close down export markets and the restaurant trade.

There is a solution! Members of the public can continue to buy top quality seafood at the quay - you can purchase up to 25kgs per person - or by ordering online from local outlets.

Find out how to buy direct in Lyme Bay and enjoy #LocalFishForDinner 
bit.ly/localfishfordinner

Lyme Bay Fish Shack in Axminster
23rd March, 2020

Stuck in isolation or being careful and not coming out? Then why not have your fresh fish delivered to you. Get in touch with the Lyme Bay Fish Shack in Axminster, Devon to place your order and they will deliver direct to you. Free delivery to all local areas. Visit: www.millersfarmshop.co.uk/meats-and-fish

#LocalFishForDinner
20th March, 2020

On today's #FishFriday, instead of struggling to find what you want in the supermarket, why not have #LocalFishForDinner?

Sourcing from local merchants means you don't have to visit crowded supermarkets, you get to eat locally caught fresh sustainable fish, and you will support small businesses in this time of uncertainty. What is there to lose? Link find out more: bit.ly/localfishfordinner

Supermarket shelves emptying?
19th March, 2020

Concerned about the impact #CONVID19uk is having on the wider community? Find a solution to both by supporting your local fishermen AND stocking up the fridge.

Buy locally landed fish direct at the quayside. Winner, winner, #LocalFishForDinner.

Find out more bit.ly/localfishfordinner

Photo: Fisherman Jim Newton from Beer in East Devon. Beer is one of the four fishing ports which make up the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve.

Fisherman face hard times but the public can help.
19th March, 2020

Britain’s inshore fishermen are facing desperate times as demand from export markets and the restaurant trade dries up as a result of coronavirus restrictions.

Read the article by Charles Clover, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Blue Marine Foundation who are the facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve:

www.bluemarinefoundation.com/2020/03/18/fisherman-face-hard-times-but-the-public-can-help/

Buying Fish & Shellfish 
17th March, 2020

Did you know... members of the public can buy the delicious and sustainable fish and shellfish direct from the boats who fish out in Lyme Bay Reserve? But it's not just here in Lyme Bay, you can do that nationwide to help support your local fishermen.

The fishing ports of West Bay and Lyme Regis in Dorset, and Axmouth and Beer in East Devon are home to a bustling small-scale fishing fleet who regularly head out to catch seasonal species which can be purchased for personal use (up to 25kgs per person).

And don't be afraid the ask the fishermen how to cook and prepare the fish and shellfish as they are the best people in the business to ask and they don't bite, promise.
#BuyLocal

Axmouth Lobster Store
24th February, 2020

Tim Glover, Blue Marine Foundation UK Projects Adviser, discusses the importance of the opening of the Axmouth lobster store, funded by BLUE, to the local fishing community.

https://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/2020/02/19/keeping-lobsters-and-the-community-alive/

Education Outreach Programme
7th February, 2020

Lyme Bay Reserve fisherman and Education Outreach Ambassador Gavin Ziemann was invited back to St Michael's Primary School in Lyme Regis this week to talk to an aspiring writing group about marine conservation.

Gavin talked about the sustainable fishing practices happening out in Lyme Bay and the measures put in place to ensure a sustainable fishing future.

Head Teacher Nick Kiddle had these lovely words to say about the visit 'I wanted to let you know we had a fantastic visit this morning from Gavin. Our youngest children were engaged for the whole session which he led brilliantly and has really inspired them ready for their writing. Once complete I will forward some of their work and photos. Thank you for helping to organise the visit'.

As you can see from the work the children created they certainly understood the importance of measuring the catch and putting the smaller species back to grow even bigger. If you work in education and would like a FREE school visit about sustainable fishing or marine litter please get in touch with our Education Outreach Coordinator on .

Fish Pie Mix
5th February, 2020

The Lyme Bay Fish Shack has lots of beautiful fresh fish on offer, many of which has been caught sustainably within Lyme Bay Reserve. For details about how this fish and shellfish is caught dive over to our website: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk.

And if you fancy fish pie this week get in touch with The Lyme Bay Fish Shack based at Millers Farm Shop in Axminster: www.millersfarmshop.co.uk/meats-and-fish.

Photo by Lyme Bay Fish Shack.

Hand-dived Scallops
3rd February, 2020

Delicious, hand-dived scallops collected from within Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve and landed by the following fishermen aboard their trusty boats;

'JBP' skippered by John Shuker
'Patricia Anne' skippered by Paul Maas
'Miss Pattie' skippered by Kieran Perree

How would you cook yours?

Beer Webcam
30th January, 2020

Take a sneak peak at the weather conditions in Beer via the Beer Sailing Club webcam. It's looking a bit damp out there today for the fishermen of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve.

It's all systems go! 
24th January, 2020

The lobster storage facility on Axmouth harbour is now complete. This fishermen-led initiative has built an on-land storage facility that will enable them to land their catches everyday (instead of storing at sea) and take to market to optimise their price.
The lobster storage facility has been built bespoke by the East Devon Fishermen's Association. The facility is ground level with a living roof and is approximately 4.5m long by 3m wide and goes underground up to 3.25m. It contains 140 pods and includes a water chilling and filtration system, which allows approx. 1,000 kilos of crabs and lobsters to be stored for up to 3 months.

The project received Dorset & East Devon FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group) support to cover 60% of the cost with the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) funding the remaining 40%.

Get involved and get creative!
23rd January, 2020

This great film 'Fishermen's Kisses' by Cornish Plastic Pollution Coalition aims to engage with fishermen to help reduce one of the most pervasive forms of marine litter washing up on our beaches. There are some great prizes for the best ideas, designs or images, so get involved with your bright ideas.

Fin-tastic idea! 
22nd January, 2020

Beer Fisheries have introduced their new loyalty card. Drop by and get yours to get 20% off with every 10th stamp. Perfectly placed on Sea Hill in Beer, a great place for fresh crab straight off the beach.

Wet and windy conditions in Lyme Regis this week
16th January, 2020

We don't think any of our fishermen ventured out in those conditions but with the weather turning for the better this weekend be set for fresh fish and shellfish hitting the ports of West Bay, Lyme Regis, Axmouth and Beer.

Photos by Love Lyme Regis: lovelymeregis.co.uk

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