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Fisheries Outreach Programme

The Lyme Bay Fisherman’s Community Interest Company’s (LBF) pioneering work in Lyme Bay on the UK’s Jurassic coast, has been hailed a ‘world first’ because of the way fishermen are taking the lead in the management and sustainability of their fishery.

This is providing long-term benefits not only to marine life but also to fishermen and local communities. To promote the initiative’s success and in response to demand, a Fisheries Outreach Programme has been designed by the Fishermen of Lyme Bay and received one year’s worth of funding to promote the LBF in schools and venues across Devon and Dorset. This programme is currently built around fishermen delivering presentations to schools, so that school children are educated and delighted by demonstrations of different fishing methods and learning about the life cycles of the different species of fish and shellfish that live in Lyme Bay.

The need for marine education

Communicating the achievements of the LBF to a wider public will increase understanding of the concept of sustainable fishing through responsible fishery management. Using fishermen as Fisheries Education Outreach ambassadors provides a real connection for students and the fishermen themselves take pride in the scheme ensuring its continuation.

Importantly it allows the marine environment of Lyme Bay and its heritage to be communicated by those who depend on it for their livelihoods. Students gain a deep understanding of the socio-economic value of Lyme Bay’s marine heritage safeguarding the small-scale inshore fisheries and promoting environmentally sustainable practices.

The Fisheries Outreach Programme

We are now offering FREE visits to primary and secondary schools to enhance curriculum learning on the following topics:

  • Find out what a fisherman is, what they must wear to work, what methods they use to catch fish and shellfish.
  • Discover the abundant species of fish and shellfish that thrive in Lyme Bay.
  • Explore sustainable methods of fishing.


Sessions last one hour and are suitable for years 4-6 (Key stage 2). Our Fisherman ambassador will bring to the presentation the following:

  • A short PowerPoint presentation
  • Fish ID cards with interesting “fishy facts”
  • Pots, Nets, and measuring device for shellfish
  • Education materials to leave with teachers for post visit activities

Interested in Booking A Visit

Simply let us know the class size and class year when making the booking. All sessions are delivered by professional and trained staff who are local Lyme Bay fishermen (DBS approved). If you are interested in booking a visit, please register an interest by filling out the Register Interest Form or contact us on info@lbfcic.com.

Anyone who has seen a presentation, all we ask is that you take a couple of minutes to fill in an Online Feedback Form following your visit as we rely on this information to support future funding for the programme.

Special thanks to the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) Fisheries and Seafood Scheme (FaSS) and the Blue Marine Foundation, for funding this amazing initiative.

Extension Tasks

  • Discovery Task: Pick two species from the following list and tell a fascinating fact about them.
  • Detective Task: Match the correct fishing method with the correct fish or shellfish.
  • Observation Task: Name the types of clothing the fisherman is wearing.
  • Geography Task: Correctly name the four fishing ports of Lyme Bay

Our Fisherman Ambassador

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Our Fisherman Ambassador

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Want to leave feedback?

Thank you for participating in our Schools Outreach Programme, please feel free to provide feedback via the form link below. 

Register Interest

Thank you for your interest in our Schools Education Outreach programme. Please complete the details below for more information.