Torbay's coastal initiatives are very important to the Geopark, these Associate Partners allow us to take care of our local marine life and keep our beaches clean.
TORBAY CLEANER COASTS INITIATIVE
The member organisations (Living Coast, Tide, The Seal Project, Marine Management Organisation, Torbay Council, Keep Britain Tidy, Fathoms Free, Nautilus Dive Charter, BDMLR, The Seagrass Project (through Living Coasts) and Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust) of the Torbay Cleaner Coast Initiative have all previously been involved in marine conservation and voluntary projects. They share a common vision to work collectively to improve the marine and coastal environment within Torbay.
Their main objective is to prevent and reduce marine litter pollution in Torbay and its impact on marine organisms, habitats, public health and safety and to reduce the socioeconomic costs it causes including;
* Removing marine litter from the sea and coastline.
Jessica Churchill-Bissett said;
TORBAY NATIONAL COASTWATCH INSTITUTION (NCI)
Torbay NCI, in common along with 53 stations around the coast of England and Wales, provide the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) with the vital element of local knowledge and a visual watch on all those in and around the waters of Torbay. Fundamentally, they keep an eye out for those considered “vulnerable”, should they get into difficulties they are able to assist, using resources allocated to by the MCA.
Their business can be summed up best by the NCI strapline ‘Eyes along the Coast’.
Grant Grafton said;
Address: Daddyhole Plain, Torquay, TQ1 2EQ
Tel number: 01803 411145
THE SEAL PROJECT
The Seal Project was set up to raise awareness of the need to protect Grey Seals in Torbay, a specialty globally rare species. They collect data from four sites around the bay and monitor grey seal activity to contribute to further understanding the threats they face from anthropogenic factors such as entanglement, disturbance and habitualisation.
The data is shared with other projects and organisations around the UK and Ireland. Understanding the relationship between humans and non-human animals is key to the success of marine conservation projects. As is our ability to live cohesively and sustainably in our shared environment.
Duncan Kenny said;
Contact number: 07801 249515
Brixham based company, Offshore Shellfish, farms mussels on ropes, in 15 square km of open sea in Lyme Bay, and reaps the rewards of the favourable conditions provided by the local ecology and ecosystem. The mussels are sold for consumption throughout the UK and Europe.
“We are proud to become associate partners of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, as it reinforces the decision to locate our family company in Brixham, and our mussel farm in Lyme Bay. We look forward to working with the Geopark to increase local consumption of our mussels, and to educate the local community and visitors about the sustainable seafood we produce.”