2018 News36th 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:
- Natural England
- Southern IFCA & Devon and Severn IFCA
- Dorset East Devon Flag
- University of Plymouth Marine Institute
- Fishermen representatives from West Bay, Lyme Regis, Axmouth and Beer
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:
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:
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
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-officerCamouflage 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
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-sheehanFishy 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
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-conservationFemale 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 Reserve, Blue 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.
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/2EaMqWCJOB 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!
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.