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Funding success for Dorset & East Devon FLAG

Funding success for Dorset & East Devon FLAG
Posted : February 20, 2018

A further four projects have been approved for funding by the Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group. An important study to look at the needs and opportunities for the commercial fishing fleet in Weymouth has been approved. This is to ensure that, as the area surrounding the harbour is developed and with increased competition for space, the industry continues to be supported and can work out of the harbour for years to come.

Keith Howorth, Harbour Master at Weymouth, said “The commercial fishing sector is well recognised around the town and it is important that the needs of the fleet are considered as the town regeneration plans are developed.” He added, “Many tourists visit the area to see the unloading of fish in the summer and it really adds to the atmosphere of the quayside year-round. This study will help the Harbour Authority consider the needs of the commercial fleet in the plans and continue the tradition of small scale fishing in Weymouth”.

The FLAG will also support the refit of a commercial fishing vessel in one of Dorset’s coastal communities. The vessel will be brought up to modern standards and fitted with a new deck, new hand rails and equipment to help the fisherman haul their catch. The refitted boat will enable an out of work fisherman to return to work and help grow a local business.

A brand new Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon or EPIRB and Personal Locator Beacons (PLB’s) will be purchased for another of Dorset’s small scale commercial fishing boats and its’ crew, helping to keep the crew and vessel safe while at sea.

Geoff Marsh, a Swanage fisherman said, “The help that the FLAG has given me to provide this equipment for my vessel and my crew has been invaluable, not only in providing funding but also in helping to fill out the application forms. We often work in large swells and knowing that, should the worst happen, the EPIRB and PLB’s will help the emergency services is great, not only for my and my crew’s peace of mind but for our families’ too”

Another project to be approved is being coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum in conjunction with award winning film producers Butterfly Effect, who will produce a number of short films about careers in the fishing industry. The films will help to raise the profile of the fishing industry and related sectors and will highlight training and career opportunities in the local area. They will be shown across the Dorset and East Devon region towards the end of 2018 and will be publicly available to all including schools, colleges and universities.

Bridget Betts, Dorset Coast Forum co-ordinator, said, “With these movies we really want to highlight the fantastic, sustainable seafood available around our coasts and how people can get into the industry and start careers for themselves.”

She added, “The premier events will allow the public to interact with the stars of the show and give people the chance to sample some of seafood that is found locally.”
The Dorset and East Devon FLAG is working hard to deliver the goals set out in the Local Development Strategy which was developed with stakeholder consultation. Projects can relate directly to commercial fishing or the seafood industry, fisheries management or the marine environment. Applications are particularly invited for projects that benefit the fishing and coastal communities, boost locally caught seafood or increase aquaculture activity in Dorset and East Devon. If you would like to find out more or have a chat about a project or idea please contact Dorset and East Devon FLAG at, visit or call 01305 224833.

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Plastics Surgeries

Plastics Surgeries
Posted : February 6, 2018

Plastics Surgeries – Helping food and drink businesses reduce single use plastic in Dorset

Litter Free Coast & Sea and Dorset Food & Drink are inviting local businesses to stop automatically using single-use plastics in a drive to reduce the amount of unsustainable packaging found on our beaches.

‘Plastics Surgeries’ are being held at 3 locations in Dorset during February; local food and drink businesses are invited to come along find out more about environment friendly takeaway food and drink packaging and explore alternative packaging options available for items like straws, coffee cups, and cutlery.

Come and join us at:

  • The Salt House, West Bay – Monday 19th February 2pm-5pm
  • PierView Room, Prom Diner, Undercliff Drive, Boscombe – Tuesday 20th February 2pm-5pm
  • McDonalds, St Mary Street, Weymouth – Wednesday 21st February 3pm – 6pm

If you are a Dorset business offering takeaway food and drink and would like to come along let us know at: or call 01305 228239

Recent media interest in plastics in our oceans has prompted customers to demand more sustainable containers for their on-the-go food and drink, meaning more and more businesses are interested in making the switch to recycled and sustainable packaging.  This project is working in 4 key locations (Lyme Regis, West Bay, Weymouth and Bournemouth) where businesses can get involved.

Matilda Manley, Litter Free Coast & Sea Project Coordinator said, “we are really excited to be working on this project and providing local businesses with the opportunity to come along to a ‘Plastics Surgery’ event to explore the different products available and talk to eco-friendly packaging companies, as well as hearing inspirational ideas from local businesses who have already made the switch or have put in place schemes that encourage customers to bring reusable containers”.

Katharine Wright from Dorset Food & Drink said “The Plastics Surgeries will also discuss the idea of a Dorset co-operative buying facility to reduce costs by bulk buying together.  Come along and be part of a drive for Dorset Food & Drink takeaway outlets to get together and become a ‘plastic free’ county.  Let’s show how communities can work together to improve the Dorset environment – be part of something to be proud of and promote your business at the same time”.

The Art of Litter Free Food & Drink project is part of the Dorset Coastal Connection’s portfolio of 18 projects along the Dorset Coast which aims to support and boost the economies of Dorset’s coastal areas.  The portfolio is funded by a grant from the government’s Coastal Communities Fund and coordinated by Dorset Coast Forum.

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