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December Team News

December Team News
Posted : December 20, 2018


  • Thank you to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on the 29th November, the feedback we’ve had has been really positive, particularly about the diverse range of inspiring speakers. The presentations are now available on our website here.
  • The DCF team are working with Dorset Wildlife Trust and Southern IFCA to facilitate workshops regarding the Marine Protected Areas Community Planning project, funded by the FLAG. Two workshops have already taken place in Lyme Regis and Weymouth, the final workshop takes place tomorrow evening in Swanage.
  • DCF have been invited to apply to the final stage of the Coastal Communities Fund Round 5 bid. The portfolio bid includes projects in Weymouth, Swanage, Portland, Lyme Regis and Charmouth. Find out more here.
  • DCF facilitated a workshop for Cefas on 12th December, which focused on the feasibility of seaweed aquaculture.
  • Natalie held a workshop during the FLAG Board meeting, which focussed on the marine plans and how to stakeholders would like to engage with them.
  • The DCF team have been shortlisted for a national LGC Award. The winners of the awards will be announced on 13th March 2019.
  • DCF have contracted Resort Marketing to develop and promote iCoast over the next year as part of the Dorset Coastal Connections project.

Dorset Coastal Connections (DoCC)

  • We are delighted that artist Alice Blogg, together with Common Ground has been appointed to design creative seating and animal architecture along the River Lim Path between Lyme Regis and Uplyme; we look forward to see Alice’s initial designs in the new year.
  • Weymouth promenade’s new artistic lighting scheme was given the go ahead by Weymouth & Portland Borough Council’s Planning Committee. W&PBC will now progress with the tender process and are looking to appoint a contractor to supply and install the new seafront scheme and are planning that the new contractor will be in place to start in the new year, with the new scheme installed by late Spring 2019.
  • Vegetation clearance works have started this week along the West Bay bridleway from Burton Road to the West Bay Road car park in preparation for the new shared access path works due to take place in March/April 2019.  Please see the for updates on this and all the Dorset Coastal Connections projects.

Dorset and East Devon Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG)

  • FARNET Circular Economy Conference – France – Martin has just returned from a three day conference in south west France discussing the circular economy and how reducing, reusing and recycling products and materials can be embedded into fisheries and aquaculture. Martin also presented at the seminar which had over 300 delegates highlighting potential to use by-products from algae farming in cosmetics, food and agriculture and raising the profile of the work that the FLAG has been doing here in Dorset and East Devon.
  • Board meeting – The FLAG held it’s final board meeting for 2018 on 11 December. Two more projects were recommended for FLAG funding – watch this space for more details as the project progress
  • LNP update – Martin presented an update to the LNP board on 12 December during which he highlighted the work that the FLAG has done locally and the projects that have been developed for the main European Maritime and Fisheries Fund programme.
  • EMFF replacement for UK announced –The government has announced there will be a replacement for EMFF post Brexit and more details will be announced in the autumn of 2019. Details are light at the moment but up to £37M will be released to support fisheries and coastal communities in England. Read more here.
  • Project claims – As FLAG moves towards the final stages of the funding part of the programme Martin is spending more time ensuring that projects are able to claim their grants back from the Marine Management Organisation. To date just over £143,000 has now been paid back to applicants for completed projects.

Litter Free Coast and Sea (LFCS)

  • Following the launch of our inaugural ‘Love Swanage’ event, Sarah took our specially commissioned Fats, Oils and Greases (FOG) wobble board to the local household recycling centre in Swanage where residents can recycle their used cooking oil. Oils from cooking can harm the environment and apart from the possibility of blocking your sinks and drains, oil reaches the sea through the drainage system and can be harmful to marine life. Our campaign message focuses on mindful disposal of waste cooking oil, in a way that doesn’t damage drains or the environment, plus it also helps produce biofuel which is much less polluting than fossil fuels. All together now…’Don’t Clog with FOG! #ThatsTheWayToDoIt
  • We won! In celebration of the movers and shakers in environmental and facilities management and those implementing these solutions within their organisations, we were absolutely thrilled to be nominated as a finalist and then WIN in the Community Project category at the Big Green Awards on the 20th November. Our category was sponsored by Explosive Marketing and although we were unable to be there in person to receive the award, huge thanks to colleagues from Low Carbon Dorset for collecting the award on our behalf and commiserations to our superb category finalists: RNLI, Rareloop & Wimborne War on Waste.

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