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2008-09-19 00:00:16

Salvage work on the beached cargo vessel MSC Napoli out of Brixham has been suspended until spring in the face of 'treacherous' winter storms brewing. It is for the safety of workmen and to prevent any environmental damage to Lyme Bay's wildlife and coastline. Disposal work on the broken-up vessel, lying off Branscombe Beach, has been lucrative for the ship's agents in Brixham, from where offshore work crews have also been regularly ferried to the site off East Devon. A government...

2008-09-18 00:00:00

By JOHN FLETCHER Work to salvage what is left of the MSC Napoli will be postponed until next year because of the risk posed by winter weather, it has emerged. The stern of the ill-fated container ship was due to have been removed from the Branscombe coastline next month. But the Maritime and Coastguard Agency has now revealed that work has been suspended until spring. The decision to leave the remains of the stern, just below the water surface in Lyme Bay, means its eventual removal...

2008-08-08 00:00:00

Ne in four mammals, one in eight birds and one in three amphibians on this planet are threatened with extinction. This is something which is of profound significance to us all. Mammals, birds and amphibians belong in complex living systems which were once found all over this planet and which humankind is systematically dismantling to put to its own uses. We are now nearing the point at which half the land mass on Earth is in some way subjugated to human need. We are stripping the skin off...

2008-08-06 00:00:20

By Paul Gompertz Podium IF HUMAN life is to have a viable future, we have a very short time in which to change our relationship with the natural world around us from one of plunder to one of nurture. We have just seen a landmark moment in that process, which might be described as "one small step for marine, one giant leap for marinekind". Some 60 square nautical miles of Lyme Bay in Dorset have been closed to scallop-dredging and bottom-trawling on the orders of the Fisheries minister....

2008-08-05 00:00:17

By LIZ PHILLIPS South Devon fishermen, already banned from scalloping in 60 square miles of Lyme Bay, have condemned the launch of a new three- year eco-study of the seabed as 'a Government delaying tactic'. Scalloping is worth more than pounds3million a year to the port of Brixham because it has no catch limit like sole or plaice. Paignton fisherman Nick Prust, spokesman for the South West Inshore Fishermen's Association, said the pounds400,000 cost of the new Plymouth University study...

2008-07-31 00:00:00

Scientists are to carry out a study of the ecological and economic impact of the Lyme Bay fishing ban. Scallop dredging and bottom trawling were prohibited in around 10 per cent of the bay this month by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Marine researchers will examine the effect this has on what is described as one of Britain's richest marine environments. It will also look at the effect on local fishermen. (c) 2008 Express & Echo (Exeter UK). Provided by...

2008-07-30 00:00:25

The Lyme Bay exclusion zone is to be monitored by Westcountry scientists after they won a major pounds400,000 Defra contract. The scientists, led by marine biologists from the University of Plymouth, will now monitor the ecological and socio-economic impact of the 60 sq m exclusion zone. Almost 10 per cent of Lyme Bay, one of Britain's richest marine habitats, has been permanently closed off to scallop dredging and bottom trawling in a bid to protect the area's reef habitats. The move,...

2008-07-16 00:00:19

By EXCLUSIVE Philip Bowern Pressure from the Devon Wildlife Trust, which succeeded in banning scallopers and other bottom trawlers from an area of Lyme Bay, could force the displaced fishermen to move into even more sensitive marine areas off Devon and Dorset. That warning was made to Paul Gompertz of the Devon Wildlife Trust as long ago as December last year in letters seen by the Western Morning News. Yet the trust pressed ahead with its calls for a ban on bottom trawling in a large...

2008-07-01 00:05:00

By Louise Vennells Fishermen are investigating whether they can take the Government to court over the proposed closure of a lucrative fishing ground. The South West Inshore Fishing Association (SWIFA) has recruited a marine lawyer to examine the ban on bottom trawlers in Lyme Bay. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has ordered the closure of a 60 square mile area to protect rare species of coral and other wildlife. But SWIFA maintains that a voluntary agreement...

2008-06-20 18:00:16

Damaging types of fishing will be banned in part of a bay to protect sea life, the Government announced yesterday. Ten per cent of Lyme Bay, in Dorset, home to spectacular reefs, pink sea fans, sunset cup corals and rare species of sponges, will be permanently closed to scallop dredging and bottom trawling from early July. Fishing using nets near the surface or static nets and lines, along with diving for scallops, scuba diving and sea angling will be allowed, the Department for...