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2021 News

Happy #FishFriday everyone!
19th February, 2021

On another wet and windy day, why not create your own bit of sunshine in the kitchen with a fish dish supplied by the Lyme Bay Fish Shack. From Bream, Ling, Pollock and Plaice to Lemon Sole, Dover Sole, Brill and Monkfish there's plenty to make yourself scrumptious fish pie this weekend.

Bring a smile to your face and the fishermen of Lyme Bay Reserve who brave this weather to bring you #LocalFishforDinner

Fascinating animation about crab and lobster pot density
16th February 2021

Fantastic animation explaining how a study by the University of Plymouth has found that managing the density of crab and lobster pots at an optimum level increases the quality of catch, benefits the marine environment and makes the industry more sustainable in the long term. The study was carried out in partnership with local Lyme Bay Reserve fishers and funded by the Blue Marine Foundation & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

This handy animation helps explain some of the findings:

You can read more about the study here: Managing crab and lobster catches could offer long-term benefits to fishermen and the environment

Animation by the University of Plymouth.

Optimal fishing effort benefits fisheries and conservation
15th February, 2021

Research published today, carried out by the University of Plymouth and the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, provides a guide for sustainable pot fishing within the UK's marine protected areas and is a significant step towards developing well-managed pot fisheries. Over four years, areas of temperate reef within the Lyme Bay Reserve were exposed to different levels of pot fishing to assess the effects on biodiversity in the area.

The experiment demonstrated for the first time the negative effects associated with high levels of pot fishing both on reef building species and commercially targeted species. But the research also revealed that sustainable levels of pot fishing can be used within UK waters, benefitting both fisheries and conservation with a low-impact, high reward strategy.

Find out more visit: https://go.nature.com/3b5XItH

Scrumptious & Sustainable
12th February, 2021

This Valentine's Day treat your someone special to some scrumptious, sustainably sourced fish and shellfish from Lyme Bay Reserve, and show love towards our small-scale fishing fleet at the same time.

Head on down to the Lyme Bay Fish Shack in Axminster, Devon to see what amazing offers they have during this romantic weekend and share the love.

Photos by the Lyme Bay Fish Shack

‘Ventura’ in the winter sunshine.
8th February, 2021

Stunning photo of small-scale fishing boat 'Ventura' out fishing in Lyme Bay crewed by Lyme Bay Reserve fishermen Gavin Ziemann and brother Charlie from Axmouth Harbour.

Photo taken by Carolyn Louise Nation

What do you see in the waves?
1st February, 2021

Crashing waves over the Cobb in Lyme Regis, home to Lyme Bay Reserve fishermen, during high tide at the weekend.

Captured by the talented photographer: www.simonemmettphotography.com

Blue’s 10th Birthday
27th January, 2021

Read about the Blue Marine Foundation's activities and achievements from BLUE’s 10th year. As facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, BLUE aims to restore the ocean to health by establishing marine protected areas and by tackling overfishing. BLUE’s mission is to see at least 30 per cent of the world’s ocean under effective protection by 2030 and the other 70 per cent managed in a responsible way.

BLUE Review 2020

Not a bad office window for the small-scale fishing fleet of Lyme Bay Reserve
22nd January, 2021

West Bay harbour is one of four fishing harbours which make up the Lyme Bay Fisheries & Conservation Reserve. The other three harbours being Lyme Regis in Dorset and Axmouth and Beer in East Devon. Happy #FishFriday

Want to find out more about Lyme Bay Reserve?
20th February, 2021

The Blue Marine Foundation showcases the recovery of marine life in Lyme Bay following the creation of a marine protected area that banned destructive, mobile fishing and tells of the benefits to small-scale fishermen of the community-led, collaborative model of sustainable fishing that has since been developed.

Beautiful Beer Beach
18th January, 2021

Beat those winter #MondayBlues and enjoy this aerial shot of Beer beach in East Devon, home to the small-scale fishing fleet of Lyme Bay Reserve.

Photo by Red Zeppelin on Unsplash

Happy #FishFriday
15th January, 2021

Despite lockdown #3 fishmongers and fishermen along the southwest coast are still catching and delivering fresh, sustainably caught fish and shellfish from Lyme Bay Reserve. Fill your fridge and give the fishing community a boost by having #LocalFishForDinner.

Check out these local suppliers:

Beer Fisheries Ltd, Beer, Devon
Phone: 01297 20297
Free local delivery available and nationwide delivery.

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

Just Fish, Seaton, Devon
Phone: 01297 24200

Photo by Lyme Bay Fish Shack

Test your crab knowledge!
13th January, 2021

Lyme Bay Reserve fishermen and Education Ambassador Gavin Ziemann who fishes out of Axmouth Harbour in East Devon has set this question for you: How do you identify between a Cock (male) and a Hen (female) crab? Any ideas?

According to Gavin: “The bottom crab is the Hen crab, notice the slight difference in shape, her shell is more rounded, also the claws can be smaller than on a Cock crab of a similar size Now look at the bottom picture, same two crabs, notice the “apron” on the hen is a lot bigger, this is to assist with carrying the large number of eggs (berries) they produce”.

Local fish for dinner
6th January, 2021

As we enter another lockdown don't forget you can still buy fresh, sustainably caught fish and shellfish from the small-scale fishing fleet of Lyme Bay Reserve. Pop along to any of these fishmongers and help support your local fishing community:

Beer Fisheries Ltd – Beer, Devon
Lyme Bay Fish Shack – Axminster, Devon
Call 4 Fish – Nationwide
Just Fish – Seaton, Devon

Photo by Beer Fisheries