Dorset Seafood Festival


Sustainable seafood


A brand-new feature for 2021 is ‘BLUE Seas’.  With the spotlight often on our beautiful coast, it is hard to always understand how we can eat seafood sustainably.  BLUE is a global marine conservation charity working to promote marine protected areas and sustainable fisheries.  The charity will be hosting a series of speakers, videos, and Q&A sessions throughout the weekend in the BLUE Seas marquee.  Be sure to catch Mandy Wolfe from Lyme Bay Reserve, her enthusiasm and passion for her subject floods out, learn and enjoy!

Sam Fanshawe, UK Marine Projects Manager Blue Marine Foundation commented:BLUE has been a long-standing partner of the Dorset Seafood Festival and is delighted to play a key part in this year’s event. The BLUE Seas sessions will showcase many of the successes and partners from the Lyme Bay Reserve project including the University of Plymouth, Dorset Coast Forum, Seafish and the fishermen who have played a vital part in making Lyme Bay a flagship model for the long-term sustainable future of our seas”.

For over a decade, BLUE has brought together fishermen, conservationists, scientists and regulators to protect the nationally important reefs and marine life whilst supporting sustainable low-impact fisheries to continue within the marine protected area. The Lyme Bay Reserve area was originally designated by the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities, and through collaborative management there has been a significant revival of marine habitats, rare species such as pink sea fans and some commercially important stocks such as lobster.

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The Nyetimber Dorset Seafood Festival raises funds for the Fishermen's Mission - the vital port of call for fishermen and their families.
Fishermen's Mission