Protecting fish and livelihoods in the Medway
River Medway Fish

Local fishers and regulators create the UK’s largest no-take zone in the River Medway. A unique example of a bottom-up approach to both conservation and fisheries management, ensuring stable protection for the future.

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Author: Tom Clegg, Kent and Essex IFCA

Location: Medway, South East England

Reimagining Margate

Using the town of Margate as their case study, students from Studio 2 of the BA Architecture Course at Central Saint Martin’s were inspired by the Blue New Deal to explore new ideas for living, working and playing by the seaside.

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Author: Central Saint Martin’s Studio 2 Architecture Students

Location: Margate

A young fisher from North Devon
Ben Bengey

Ben is 18 years old and proud to run his own boat, which has both a commercial and a charter licence. This flexibility allows him to keep his business viable. Ben is supportive of measures to recover depleting fish stocks and talks proudly of the Lundy NTZ, which is located not too far from where he fishes.

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Author: Ben Bengey

Location: Ilfracombe, North Devon

Northumberland Seafood Centre
Cooking demo puffin fest 15

The Northumberland Seafood Centre supports the local inshore fishing fleet by finding new lucrative markets for the produce as well as selling directly to the community; a whole catch ethos encourages sustainable fishing and introduces customers to new types of fish and seafood.

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Author: Julia Aston

Location: Amble, Northumberland, North East England

Fishers leading on improved management

The South Devon and Channel Shellfishermen (SD&CS) represents over 100 members of the Devon shellfish sector – from skippers, to merchants and restaurateurs. Since 1968, this association has made increasing efforts to lead on good fisheries management through innovation, cooperation and compromise.

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Author: Beshlie Pool

Location: South Devon

Wales’ only producer of rope-grown mussels

Thomas Shellfish Ltd. is Wales’ only producer of rope-grown mussels, an environmentally sustainable method to farm mussels. This family-run business, based in Swansea’s Queen’s Dock, expect to produce over 600 tonnes of mussels from this site each year.

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Author: Melony Nichols

Location: Queen's Dock, Swansea, Wales


SoleShare is a “Community Supported Fishery” in London, founded by a marine biologist and an aquatic ecologist. It aims to bring the freshest, most responsibly sourced seafood to Londoners by working directly with fishers and supporting responsible fishing practices.

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Author: Jack Clarke

Location: London

Catchbox Worthing
catchbox launch dinner

Catchbox Worthing promotes traditional, small-scale fishing in the local area, raising awareness of the diminishing trade. They work with small-scale fishers who use responsible methods, so that the community can enjoy delicious, locally caught seafood with a clear conscience.

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Author: Anne Weinhold

Location: Worthing, West Sussex, South East England

Community-based shellfish farming
Porlock Bay Shellfish

Porlock Bay Shellfish is considered to be the first community-based sustainable shellfish farming project in the UK and it will create at least three full-time jobs in the local area.

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Author: Porlock Bay Shellfish

Location: Porlock, Somerset, South West England

Supporting the fishing community
Hastings Fishermen's Protection Society

The Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society is helping to promote the social, cultural and economic value of the UK’s largest beach-launched fishing fleets.

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Author: Hastings Fishermen’s Protection Society

Location: East Sussex, South East England