Our Mission “British farmers are paid to conserve on land. Our project will try to find ways in which fishermen can derive similar benefits from conservation at sea.”

2019 News

The Independent
1st March, 2019

Jo Lamiri from The Independent spent a day in Lyme Bay speaking to local fishermen and learning about Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, a project facilitated by the Blue Marine Foundation, which uniquely brings together fishermen, conservationists and marine regulators to create a new model of sustainable fishing in Lyme Bay through scientifically informed, best-practice management.

Jo sampled some deliciously fresh and sustainably caught Reserve Seafood – our premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay, which was expertly prepared by Paul Shearing from Roast Restaurant.
Great to see photos by Saeed Rashid Focus Visuals and Colin Munro Photography featured in the article.
Read her article here: https://ind.pn/2HehPbI

European Small-scale Fisheries Exchange
26th February, 2019

Over the weekend fishermen from Greece, Turkey, Cyprus, Italy and the UK came together in sunny Lyme Bay for the European Small-scale Fisheries Exchange facilitated by the Blue Marine Foundation.
Knowledge and experiences were shared by groups from the five countries. Fishermen from the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve explained to their Mediterranean counterparts that improvements to port infrastructure like chiller units and ice machines have greatly improved the quality of their catch, allowing them to fetch premium prices for their sustainably caught fish and shellfish.

The agenda was packed starting with port visits on Saturday morning then workshops at the Marine Theatre, Lyme Regis in the afternoon with dinner and speeches to round up the day. Sunday saw a fishing trip from Beer to Lyme Regis in the morning followed by lunch and closing speeches.

A big thank you goes out to the fishermen of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve who gave up their weekend to take part in this unique knowledge sharing experience. Without the support and dedication our fishers show the Reserve wouldn't be what it is today.

BBC Spotlight
25th February, 2019

The sun shone for our visitors this weekend as we welcomed fishers from Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey to find out how Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve fishers catch their fish and exchange knowledge during the Blue Marine Foundation European Small Scale Fishers Exchange.

Watch BBC Spotlight cover this unique exchange of knowledge starting at 0:47.
Stay tuned this week as we bring you a full round-up from the weekend.

**JOB OPPORTUNITY**
Blue Marine Foundation South-West Coordinator

21st February, 2019

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 project and other projects in the South West of England.

BLUE’s highly successful project in Lyme Bay, for the last six years has not only achieved conservation improvements, but also improved livelihoods of local fishermen.

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 is a positive.

For more details head over to:
www.bluemarinefoundation.com/…/job-opportunity-blue-marine…/

Application deadline is Friday 8th March 2019.

Small-scale Fisheries Workshop
21st February, 2019

This weekend sees an ideas sharing workshop for the best small-scale sustainable fisheries in Europe. The Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) have invited fishermen from Italy, Greece, France and Turkey to Lyme Bay to take part in the workshop which is designed for fishermen to talk to fishermen – to learn about the Lyme Bay model, the benefits the model may bring, to exchange ideas and ancient knowledge, to create bonds across borders, to understand that they are not alone and to create a coherent voice for European small-scale fishermen.

Morven Robertson, UK Projects Manager at BLUE quotes, "Our work in Lyme Bay has demonstrated that it is possible to achieve conservation gains while benefiting small-scale fishermen. The success of this has been the fishermen themselves and the ownership they have taken over the MPA. This exchange will allow this experience to be shared with those who are just setting out".

Pictured is Lyme Bay fisherman Gavin Ziemann (right) who will be sharing his knowledge and experience over the weekend.

Stay tuned as we cover the weekend via our social media channels. Kindly supported by the Adessium Foundation.

Fisherman of the Week is scallop diver John Worswick
14th February, 2019

John is from West Bay within Lyme Bay Reserve. He dives down to the bottom of Lyme Bay to collect scallops by hand – a sustainable way to harvest this beautifully fresh, sweet and meaty seafood.

As a combined result of the ban on mobile gear in Lyme Bay and the collaborative approach introduced by Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Reserve), there has been a four-fold increase in flora and fauna reef species since 2008, a doubling of hand-dived scallop landings and a quadrupling of juvenile lobsters (observed and put back). A "win-win" model for fishing and conservation.

Photos by Saeed Rashid at Focus Visuals

From port to plate in 24 hours
8th February, 2019

A fantastic day was had yesterday with The Independent journalist and the Roast Restaurant team coming together to promote Reserve Seafood, the sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured seafood of Lyme Bay. Morven Robertson, UK Projects Manager at the  Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) visited all four ports along with the journalist, met with fishermen to discuss the Reserve, the challenges they are facing as small scale fishermen and how the partnership with Blue Marine Foundation is helping to address these. We were very lucky to have Chef Paul Shearing from ROAST with us once again to cook Axmouth fisherman John Wallington’s line caught pollack (we picked it out the chiller together), Jim Newtown’s crab and some hand dived scallops, all Reserve Seafood, at fisherman Mark Dack’s restaurant the Kingfisher. All within less than 24 hours since the catch was landed.
For more details about Reserve Seafood head over to: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood/
And watch this space for The Independent write-up.

Consultative Committee Meeting
5th February, 2019

The 38th Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve Consultative Committee Meeting will take place this evening in Lyme Regis.

Over the last seven years Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of Lyme Bay Reserve) have developed a collaborative model with fishermen, scientists, marine regulators, conservationists and recreational interests to effectively manage Lyme Bay Reserve and facilitate an open forum to discuss relevant developments in the sector.

On tonight's agenda:

  • Updates from Marine Authorities and Agencies
  • Plymouth University research
  • Skates and rays research
  • Recreational angling
  • Local Coordination
  • Reserve Seafood
  • Schools Outreach Programme
  • FLAG (Fisheries Local Action Group)
  • Future Management Sub-committee
  • Overseas Fishers Exchange Visit
  • Communications 
  • Media & PR

For past minutes visit: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/download-centre/

Did you know…
4th February, 2019

The Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, facilitated by the Blue Marine Foundation (BLUE) has been so successful in the UK that BLUE is taking the Lyme Bay model to the Mediterranean, a sea plagued by overfishing and mismanagement of marine resources. In the Mediterranean, small-scale, low-impact fisheries constitute over 80% of the fishing fleet.

For details about BLUE's projects head over to:
www.bluemarinefoundation.com/project/aeolian-islands/

Friday #FishyFactoid
1st February, 2019

The picturesque fishing port of Beer in Devon, located within Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve, is situated on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast. It is a site of outstanding international importance for Earth Science. For this reason the Dorset and East Devon Coast – the Jurassic Coast – was designated as England’s first natural World Heritage Site in 2001: www.jurassiccoast.org.

The pebble beach is home to a small fleet of working fishing boats and the surrounding white chalk cliffs provide a natural suntrap sheltering the cove from prevailing westerly winds. After a day of fishing the beach is lined with fishing boats who bring in their daily catches, many of which are sold to Reserve Seafood; a sustainable, premium quality, provenance-assured brand of Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve.

Pictured are some of the fishing fleet on Beer's pebble beach.

For more information about Reserve Seafood visit: www.lymebayreserve.co.uk/reserve-seafood

Fisherman of the week is Angus Walker!
30th January, 2019

Angus is the Harbour Master at Axmouth in Devon. He described the chiller unit and ice machine supplied by Blue Marine Foundation as part of our Reserve Seafood scheme as 'the best thing to happen to this port in 100 years'.

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

Blue Marine Foundation Annual Review
25th January, 2019

It really is amazing what the Blue Marine Foundation (facilitators of the Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve) have achieved over the past year. Sit back, relax and read the Blue Marine Foundation 2018 Review in wonder.

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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