The Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Reserve has brought together fishermen, scientists, conservationists and regulators to achieve a ‘win, win, win’ outcome for conservation, fisheries and communities.
Since 2012 the Reserve’s Consultative Committee that includes all local fishermen from ports encompassed by the Reserve is working to achieve the desired ‘wins’ of
1. Best practice in protecting biodiversity within a European Special Area of Conservation
2. Best practice in managing fish and shellfish stocks
3. Creating maximum long-term benefits for coastal communities by adopting best practice
We believe that this bottom-up approach could rectify much that has gone wrong in marine conservation in the UK by involving local communities and finding ways of maximising the benefits of both fishing and conservation.