READ MOREBLUE was a finalist in the recent European Commission’s Natura 2000 AWARDS 2014 for The Lyme Bay Fisheries and Conservation Project!
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BLUE is thrilled to have been awarded GAP2 funding to facilitate a trip for our Lyme Bay fishermen to visit Morro Bay, US. In this Huffington Post blog, Charles Clover, BLUE’s Chairman writes about the successes of fisheries management along the West Coast of USA where innovations are helping to rebuild fisheries that offer particular relevance to European waters.
In the remote and diverse oceans of the Scottish coast you will find close knit communities working together to help protect the oceans they so heavily rely on. BLUE provides support to partner Fauna & Flora International (FFI) as it works with local community organisations to deliver and advance effective marine conservation.
One of these organisations is the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST). COAST had the huge success with its campaign to establish Scotland’s first ‘No Take Zone’ (an area closed to fishing) in Lamlash Bay and the organisation is now instrumental in the active enforcement of this site.
This year, BLUE helped FFI to fund the recruitment of Community Support Officer, Kerri Whiteside. Kerri began her adventure at the tiny island of Fair Isle where she will provide support and advice to the Fair Isle Marine Environment and Tourism Initiative (FIMETI) to help build their case for the creation of a marine protected area (MPA). In July 2014 FFI welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has designated 30 new MPAs. Kerri will help communities around many of these designated areas work out management plans to ensure that these new areas are sustainably managed.
Look out for more updates on her progress.
We have had another busy year. Our 2013 Review captures some of our achievements and progress. There are one or two things that may surprise you and we have even more ambitious plans for 2014. We hope you enjoy reading it and it further inspires you on our mission to save our oceans. Thank you for your continued support.
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