Stands

Participants:

UK Blue Shark Project 2017

 Sea Watch Foundation

Ghost Fishing

Fathoms Free

British Divers Marine Life Rescue

Plymouth University Marine Institute

South Devon College Marine Research

Devon Wildlife Trust

Devon Seals in the Wild

Brixham SeaWatch

EdFest

Marine Conservation Society- SEA CHAMPIONS SOUTHWEST

Community Seagrass

Torbay Coast and Countryside

Shark Trust

Marine Biological Association

Seiche Training

Fishing For Litter

FishTek Marine Ltd

National Marine Aquarium

Living Coasts

Paignton Zoo

Marine Conservation Society

Marine Conservation Society will have an interactive stand featuring their activities and campaigns. A beach clean and survey will be lead by Sea Champions south west volunteer team as part of the Marine Conservation Society long-running Beachwatch beach clean and survey programme.

Community Seagrass Initiative

The Community Seagrass Initiative is a citizen science project aiming to raise awareness of seagrass habitats in the South West of England.

Brixham SeaWatch

Lindy Hingley founder of Brixham Seawatch will have a stand and also be holding a talk to explain the work of Brixham Seawatch.

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

This community based project spearheaded by the UK’s largest aquarium, has been running since 2015 and provides local water users with opportunities to be involved in helping with scientific surveys to aid seagrass conservation. Find out about the fascinating underwater grass meadows we have around our coast and how they provide a vital nursery habitat for commercial fish species, improve our coastal water quality, reduce coastal erosion and provide a home for a huge variety of weird and wonderful marine critters.

Come see us to collect your free scientific monitoring equipment pack, check out our underwater towed camera and bring the little ones to take part in making a 3D seagrass habitat! An informative talk showing beautiful footage and photos from the local seagrass meadows will be given by Torbay project officer Rachel Cole at Brixham Yacht Club.

Discover your local underwater seagrass meadows and be amazed!

Seiche Training

Seiche Training will be talking about Marine Mammal Acoustics and how they use technology to study these amazing creatures.

Devon Wildlife Trust

Devon Wildlife Trust will be delivering a talk on the final round of Marine Conservation Zones proposed for Devon and will host a stand with lots of information about local marine conservation and how you can get involved.

Devon Seals in the Wild

Devon Seals in the Wild is a public interest group of enthusiastic individuals, connected via Facebook, who are concerned with the welfare of local Devon seals. Some of our group are involved in seal rescue, relay, rehabilitation and release. We also help with post release surveying, wild studies and stranding data collection via other organisations. We are encouraging the public to be involved by asking questions and sending us videos and pictures to identify our locals, and can be an accessible point of contact for signposting too if needed. We wish to promote education, inspiration and enthusiasm in the community for marine conservation, our seals and their future. It would be great for more people to join our group and join in!

Fathoms Free

Will be conducting a ghost gear retrieval dive. Their stand is about raising awareness of the issue of ghost gear and ocean plastic. Also, the work they’re doing with Keep Britain Tidy and The National Trust on their ocean plastics recycling initiative to turn ocean plastic and ghost gear into Kayaks. They will be running video/talks about the ghost gear work they’ve already conducted in Brixham.

Marine Management Organisation

As well as a stand the government organisation MMO will give a talk during the day

South Devon College

The land-based section at South Devon College offers a range of courses including; Marine Science, Animal Management, Animal Science and Horticulture. The Marine Science team is currently working on a specialised research project examining the accumulation of micro plastics in herrings (Clupea harengus) from the North Sea.  You will be able to find out more about what they do, their current research and how you can get involved.

Ghost Fishing UK

The Ghost Fishing project is run by scuba divers who explore wrecks and reefs in the seas around the UK. We often come across lost fishing nets tangled up in shipwrecks, and these often continue to catch fish and other marine animals. The team recover the nets back to the surface, and then arrange for them to be recycled into fabrics and other materials.

The Shark Trust

The Shark Trust was established in 1997 to provide a voice for sharks in the UK. Today we are a well-respected advocate for shark management and protection and part of a global collaborative movement in shark conservation; working to safeguard shark, skate and ray populations through positive change.

EdFest SouthWest

EdFest SouthWest is a one day education festival in partnership with Summerhouse Media. Their first festival is on June 30th at Tower House School, Paignton and aims to give teachers across the region information, inspiration and resources to help them inspire their children to help protect the planet. It will be fun, engaging and a chance for teachers everywhere to learn more and inspire more.

Seawatch Foundation

Sea Watch is a national marine environmental charity working to improve the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the seas around Britain and Ireland.

Adopt A Dolphin

Adopt a UK dolphin is a scheme run by the Sea Watch Foundation.

Plymouth University Marine Institute

Plymouth University Marine Institute will have a display screen showing some of the underwater video work that they do in Lyme Bay along with some interactive activities for smaller children.

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Along with having a stand at the event Countryside Officer Noel Hughes will giving a talk in the evening