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Fishing delegation from Dorset heads to US

Scallops are put in a pot on board the fishing boat Credit: ITV Westcountry

A pioneering partnership between fishermen and conservationists in Lyme Bay is sharing ideas with the Americans.

A delegation is heading to California next month. It includes scallop diver John Shuker as well as fishery managers and advisers.

They hope to learn how others protect stocks but maintain livelihoods.


Mother of lost fisherman makes safety plea

The mother of a fisherman who died in the Purbeck Isle tragedy off the coast of Dorset is urging all those at sea to wear lifejackets. Robert Prowse died when his Weymouth fishing vessel went to work two years ago, but never returned.

His body has never been found. Today a campaign has been started to encourage the 12,000 UK fishermen to think about their safety before setting out to sea. Francesca Carpenter reports.

Help for stranded fishermen in the West Country

The Fishermen's Mission has set up an appeal to raise money for beleaguered fishermen Credit: The Fishermen's Mission

The bad weather is affecting many who rely on the sea for their earnings. 4,000 fishermen across the country are losing money because they can't go out in the poor conditions.

An appeal's been set up by the Fishermen's Mission for those who've been unable to work for many weeks

Fishermen and conservationists build sustainable future

A partnership between fishermen and conservationists in the South West could become a model for sustainable fishing around the world. The Lyme Bay Fisheries & Conservation Reserve allows fishermen to decide the rules about what they'll catch and how they'll do it.

The aim is to preserve stocks and livelihoods in the future. Our environment correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

Lyme Bay marine conservation project a success

A pioneering partnership between fishermen and conservationists in Lyme Bay is being hailed a success. The project gives fishermen a say in the management and regulation of the marine reserve.

They've drafted a voluntary code of conduct to protect their livelihoods and help preserve fish stocks. They're telling other interested groups about the project at a conference on Portland today.

Fisherman in Lyme Bay Credit: ITV News West Country


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Fishermen's wives record charity sea shanties medley

A group of fishermen's wives, including three from Cornwall, have spent the weekend recording a single in aid of the Fishermen's Mission, a charity that provides support to the industry and their families.

Inspired by the military wives' success, the ladies are hoping their medley of sea shanties and hymns will top the charts later this summer.

Fish labelling campaign launched to protect marine life

A campaign has been launched in Dorset to encourage us to buy seafood from fishermen who care about the environment and want to protect fish stocks.

Restaurants and shoppers are being urged to chose species that aren't threatened from over-fishing, or caught using methods that damage the marine habitat. Our Environment Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports.

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