The Lyme Bay Team
Mandelai Wolfe, Lyme Bay Reserve Project Manager
Mandy grew up on the sunny and sandy shores of Orange County California. Spending formative years in, on or under the waters there left a lasting impression of how important our oceans are to our world and well-being. After moving to the UK, Mandy spent many years working for UK fishing companies and gained a greater understanding of the drivers and evolution of the UK fleet and attitudes towards more sustainable fishing methods. Working with the fisherman in BLUE's UK projects, has provided Mandy with an opportunity to find the win-wins and help develop better markets for fisherman working hard to operate in a sustainable way and going beyond the basic legislative framework to do so.
Rowena Taylor, Communications Officer
Rowena grew up in Weymouth, Dorset close to Lyme Bay. She is a graphic designer by trade having studied graphic design at Falmouth University and marketing communications practice at Bournemouth University gaining a Postgraduate Diploma. Staying by the coast during her education years was important. Rowena has over ten years’ experience working for a number of government organisations with strong connections to the environment. She is the communications officers for Lyme Bay Reserve and assists in the development of the education programme.
Sam Fanshawe, UK Projects Manager, BLUE
Sam lives in Weymouth and is an experienced marine conservationist who has worked with UK marine organisations leading a range of programmes on sustainable fisheries, marine protected areas, plastic pollution, education and citizen science. She has an MSc from the University of California where she studied the relationship between kelp forest ecology, sea otters and abalone fisheries. Sam joined BLUE in 2021 to support a number of projects including Lyme Bay, kelp and fisheries restoration in Sussex, and developing projects to safeguard inshore fisheries.
Dr Adam Rees, Research Officer
Adam is a marine ecologist undertaking research focussing on the impacts of various anthropogenic activities on protected marine habitats. His primary focus is fisheries, having been involved with the Lyme Bay reef recovery monitoring since 2010, but has also contributed to research on the impacts of marine renewable installations and marine litter. Adam’s PhD assessed the impacts of commercial potting on reef habitats and the associated commercially important fauna within the Lyme Bay MPA with the publication of a pioneering paper in 2021 on the sustainable levels of pot fishing within the MPA [Link to Potting Study page]. Adam is currently working for the Blue Marine Foundation coordinating research projects across multiple study sites throughout the UK, with the aim of providing conservation benefits and improving the sustainability of small-scale fisheries.