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South West Aquaculture Network AGM & Conference – 28 October

South West Aquaculture Network AGM & Conference – 28 October
Posted : October 22, 2021

The South West Aquaculture Network is holding its first AGM and conference on Thursday 28th October 2021 at Kingston Maurward College.

About this event

The South West has long been recognised as having great potential for development of sustainable aquaculture across the many different sub-sectors of the industry. With support from business, NGOs, policy makers and regional councils, the SWAN aims to develop strong blue economic growth for coastal communities across the region.

As well as a full day’s agenda and panel discussion session there will be a Market Place with Market Stalls for organisations and businesses to network.


From 8.45am – Registration, Breakfast and Market Place


09:30-09:45 Welcome, Tom Hallam, Kingston Maurward College, Deputy Principal and Martin Sutcliffe, SWAN Chair

09:45-10:00 SWAN AGM, Martin Sutcliffe and Sheldon Ryan, Maritime UK South West

10:00-10:30 It takes a county to grow an Industry, Elena Piana, Noola Redclaw Ltd

10:30-10:50 The Seafood 2040 Programme and Aquaculture Development at Regional and National Scales, Dr Neil Auchterlonie, Seafood 2040

10:50-11:10 Public perceptions of seafood: Shaping the narrative, Harriet Yates-Smith, Mindfully Wired Communications

11:10-11:30 Coffee

11.30-11:50 Using a combination of tracking and underwater video techniques to assess habitat use and connectivity of commercial important species within offshore aquaculture & coastal areas, Dr Thomas Stamp, University of Plymouth

11:50-12:10 Support for Dorset’s Key Sectors, John Sellgren, Executive Director of Place, Dorset Council

12.10-12.30 Soapbox Sessions

  1. Howard Gunstock, Carbon Kapture
  2. Digby Sowerby, 5G Rural Dorset
  3. Lee Cocker, Seafish

12:30-13:30 Lunch and Market Place

13:30-14:00 One Health Panel Session

  • Kevin Brooks, BrooksKebbey Ltd
  • Prof Grant Stentiford, Cefas
  • Dr Lawrence Brown, CIEL
  • Imogen Davenport, Wildlife Trust
  • Elena Piana, Noola Redclaw Ltd
  • Oliver Robinson, British Trout Ass
  • Ryan Mowat, RS Aqua

14:00-14:20 How Aquaculture Innovation Centres Drive Development, Claude Kaplan, Hatch Accelerator

14:20-14:40 BTA Vision for the Future , Oliver Robinson, British Trout Association

14:40-15:00 The Intelligent Merchant City at Fawley Waterside – A Place for Life and Innovation, Brett Trafford, Fawley Waterside

15.00-15.15 SWAN Chair to close

15:15-16:30 Afternoon Tea and Market Place

Early sign up is recommended as places are strictly limited to 120.

Register and book your place here

New walking trail linking Kimmeridge Village and Bay

New walking trail linking Kimmeridge Village and Bay
Posted : October 22, 2021

Improvements are now completed enhancing pedestrian access links between the refurbished Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre at Kimmeridge Bay and the Etches Collection Fossil Museum in the village.

With the existing path linking the village and bay having a ‘make-over’ including new gates, bridge, drainage works and path clearance, together with path improvement along the coastal path, visitors are encouraged to park at Kimmeridge Bay and visit the village using the improved access.

Visitors are now welcomed to Kimmeridge Bay by a new oak framed interpretation panel at Gaulters Gap, (the western end of the main car park) and a panel on the wall of the toilet facilities in the smaller car park providing information on the local area, what they can see and do whilst visiting this unique and beautiful part of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.

Visitors are encouraged to walk the improved path to the village led by new wayfinding fingerposts along the walking trail. Interactive, eye-catching illustrations along the trail tell the story of Kimmeridge marine life past and present, showing how the creatures found here today are linked to past wildlife through geological time.

Julie Hatcher from the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre, Dorset Wildlife Trust says:

“Kimmeridge tells the extraordinary story of marine wildlife that lived here millions of years ago and whose relatives can still be found in the rock pools and shallows today. This new trail, along with exhibitions at the Fine Foundation Wild Seas Centre and Etches Collection Museum, explain that story and show visitors how to discover it for themselves”.

Carla Crook, from the Etches Collection Fossil Museum says:

“The new walking trail provides an exciting opportunity for visitors to Kimmeridge to immerse themselves in the surrounding beauty of our countryside landscape and in linking both the Wild Seas Centre and The Etches Collection Museum, go ‘back in time’ to learn all about Kimmeridge’s ancient and modern marine wild life,”

There is still some outstanding work to be done to remove old information plinths which will be undertaken as soon as possible.

This project has been made possible by partnership working and support from the Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund. Partners on this project were Dorset Council’s Greenspace Team, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership, Dorset Wildlife Trust, Etches Collection, landowners Smedmore Estate, Defence Infrastructure Organisation (part of the MOD), the Jurassic Coast Trust and coordinated by the Dorset Coast Forum.

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DCF eNews October 2021

DCF eNews October 2021
Posted : October 18, 2021

Image: Local Government Association Special Interest Group on Coastal Issues field trip to the Dorset coast in September (credit Neil Barnes)

Welcome to Dorset Coast Forum’s October eNews update. If you have an article to share, or wish to unsubscribe, please email

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  • We are delighted to welcome the new DCF Co-ordinator, Toni Powell who was originally appointed for the role of BRIC Co-ordinator. Toni’s previous role at DCF will be filled by Dan Williams, who will be moving across from his role as Engineer within the Property and Assets team at Dorset Council. Before joining DCF in August, Toni worked with BCP Council on the National Lottery Heritage Fund project supporting community engagement and improvements in Poole Park. Throughout her career Toni has delivered multiple projects across Dorset on behalf of Groundwork and has also worked as Regional Funding Manager for The Prince’s Trust.
  • Weymouth Station Gateway Improvement Scheme has been granted planning permission. This covers the station forecourt and Pocket Park linking the Jubilee Business Park and King Street. We now seek additional permissions from Network Rail to get the green light to construction that we expect to start at the beginning of November 2021. The total project fund is close to £1.2m which includes a £450k grant from the South Western Railway Customer and Communities Improvement Fund. Experience a virtual tour of the new design and its key features at
  • The draft Dorset Harbours Strategy has been approved for public consultation and Dorset Council is now seeking views to build a strategy that is supported by communities and stakeholders.  DCF has been working with the Harbours’ Committee to help develop this new strategy which will unify Bridport, Lyme Regis and Weymouth Harbours under Dorset Council management. See the Dorset Coast Have Your Say website to complete the survey.
  • DCF attended a Swanage and Studland Bay Water Safety Partnership meeting to discuss water safety measures in place at Swanage and Studland during the spring/summer season. The group agreed that the measures put in place were effective in reducing incidents and raising awareness of water safety in relation behaviour issues of jet skis and motorised boats. Measures will continue for the 2022 season with ongoing patrols at both Swanage and Studland for engagement and education.
  • Together with Dorset Council, DCF hosted the Local Government Association Special Interest Group on Coastal Issues field trip to the Dorset coast in September. This was a great opportunity to share some of the great work that is happening on the Dorset Coast including, flood protection, coastal erosion, tourism and aquaculture development.


  • DCF has been successful in securing funding from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to develop the concept of an English Aquaculture Innovation Hub in Dorset.  The project, which will start next month, will undertake a nationwide study on the potential positive economic impacts of an English Aquaculture Innovation Hub in Dorset and how it will help the English aquaculture sector grow to meet the ambition set out in the Dorset Mariculture Strategy and the English Aquaculture Strategy of increasing production 10 fold over the next 20 years. Read this article for more information and watch this space for details about forthcoming engagement.
  • The South West Aquaculture Network (SWAN) AGM and conference will be held on the 28th October 2021 at Kingston Maurward College. As well as a full day’s agenda and panel discussion on ‘One Health’ there will be a Market Place with Market Stalls for organisations and businesses to network. Register and see the agenda, places are limited.
  • Martin has been invited and will be joining the Aquaculture Leadership Group (ALG) representing and sharing aquaculture development taking place in Dorset. The ALG governs the Seafood 2040 Strategic Framework (Seafood 2040), which is a plan for a seafood industry that is thriving and sustainable.
  • As usual Martin is available to help with Fisheries and Seafood Scheme applications. If you have a bid that you need help with…you know what to do! Contact him at


  • Swanage Active Travel Group are looking at the feasibility of establishing a car club so that anyone with a valid licence can register to access electric cars on a pay-as-you-go basis.  Car clubs allow to access a vehicle when you need it for as long you need it, for an hour, a day or a month. Since you only pay for a vehicle when you need it, car clubs can be a very effective way of reducing household motoring costs and reliance. We have created a quick survey to establish interest in these ideas in Swanage.
  • Another reminder, we are setting up a new Waste Action Group that could help deliver exciting projects in Swanage including a Community Fridge, promotion of food waste apps, repair shops, water refill stations and more. We need people who are keen to help make these things happen and have a bit of time to spare to get involved, the first online meeting will be held this month. Please get in touch with Sarah for details.

See the full DCF eNews October 2021 update

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