Llŷn Marine Ecosystems Project

In response to Welsh Government’s proposal to designate Highly Protected Marine Conservation Zones (effectively no-take-zones) off the coast of Wales in 2012, the WFA-CPC advocated an adaptive, co-management ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management in Welsh waters (as describe in Striking the Balance). Elements of this approach have been implemented on the Llŷn Peninsula to assist in meeting the objectives of good environmental status.

Led by Catrin Glyn, the project has brought local fishermen, Natural Resources Wales and the public together to tackle marine litter along the Llŷn beaches, establish a code of conduct to minimise disturbance to marine mammals from recreational craft and explore a regional ecosystem-based approach to managing the sea around the Llŷn.

Molly Lovatt, partnership funding officer for Natural Resources Wales said: “The fishermen are out at sea for long periods, and are best placed to promote the marine code with recreational boat users and report irresponsible behaviour if needed. We’re really grateful for their help which will benefit marine wildlife, and make for a more pleasant environment for local people and visitors as well.”

Steven Harrison, a local fisherman who sells his catch in the Sblash chip shop in Aberdaron said: “This is a perfect example of how the fishing industry can work with conservation bodies to find an effective joint approach to conserving and managing our rich marine environment so that future generations can continue to benefit from and enjoy it.”