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April 27, 2023

Latest news: Calling all schools!

The newly formed Lyme Bay Fisherman’s Community Interest Company formed by fishermen from across the four ports of West Bay, Lyme Regis, Axmouth and Beer are looking for local schools that would like to take part in their school’s outreach project.

Chief Executive Mandy Wolfe said:

“We are delighted to invite local schools to get in contact with us to arrange being part of this pilot. With the support of the Government, we are able to organise class visits, school assemblies and port visits for schools, it is great to be able to get young people in our coastal communities involved”.

The fisheries grant scheme operated by the Marine Management Organisation has provided LBF with initial funding for 25 school visits. Class resources have been commissioned and LBF hope to start their 1hr sessions in May. The pilot program is designed for Key Stage 2, years four through six.

Rowena Taylor project designer said:

“It is great to be involved in this new project with LBF. Our coastal communities have a strong fishing heritage and it’s a great opportunity for young people not to just learn more about the amazing species that live around our coasts but also about the work of our fishermen”.

The school sessions will be delivered by local fishermen. Students will get a good understanding of all the species caught by the local fleet as well as learning about the boats and different methods of capture.

Gavin Ziemann fishermen school ambassador for the LBF said

“It is great to see this project coming together and rolling out. I have been involved in other outreach projects in the past and it is an absolute joy to work with young people to help them understand more about their coastal communities, fishing fleets and seafood that is caught.

“Many of the young people I have come across in the past have not handled fish and shellfish before and the excitement is palpable when they do!

“We have some great resources for teachers being designed and I cannot wait to get started”.

The class sessions are free to schools, and we have funding for 25 school visits.  Those interested should email  for further details.