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.
The Seal Project said;
Contact number: 07818034668
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.”
SHOALSTONE SEAWATER POOLJust a 10-minute scenic walk from Brixham Harbour, Shoalstone Seawater Pool is an outdoor 53 metre seawater swimming pool situated in a stunning position on Brixham sea front. The Art Deco pool is now one of the last surviving seawater pools in the country. It is a great place for all the family, to swim and paddle, go rock-pooling at low tide and picnic on the green looking across the Bay.
Lifeguards are on duty daily during the summer months, with showers, changing rooms, lockers and toilets, beach huts, sun-loungers and
deckchairs for hire, and on-site parking. The poolside kiosk offers
teas, coffees, ice creams, snacks and beach essentials; Shoals Café serves breakfasts, lunches and evening meals.
The pool has a busy events calendar and is also available for hire to clubs and for parties.
Jessica Stock said:
‘We are pleased to become an Associate Partner of the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark. The existence of Shoalstone Pool itself is due to the unique geological heritage, and the Global Geopark designation for the English Riviera is an important step in recognising and protecting the geological history of the site and surrounding area, and the stunning landscape of Torbay within which it is situated.’
Address: Shoalstone Seawater Pool, Berry Head Road, Brixham, TQ5 9FT
365 SWIM CHALLENGE
The 365 Sea Swim Challenge C.I.C is committed to raise funds for charities & local causes through sea & wild swim challenges. Each member makes their own unique adventure & fundraising opportunity.
We also offer peer support to our swimmers and supporters as we understand the benefits of community & cold-water swimming to mental & physical wellbeing.
We are involved in several conservation & environmental projects, including the Crab line recycling scheme in Brixham & Project Seagrass. Our intention is to create more awareness for these campaigns & also look for new ideas & future initiatives, creating opportunities for volunteers & community involvement.