Fishermen have voluntarily agreed to limit the amount of fishing in Lyme Bay, in order to protect the area for wildlife and local communities.
Fishermen, scientists and conservationists have joined together to conserve seafood stocks, attempting to make the local fishing industry completely sustainable.
The restrictions are the first example of voluntary, self-regulated fishing in the UK.
The partnership will also fund a study by the University of Plymouth to measure how much fishing can be sustained in the bay’s reefs.
The scheme is designed not only to protect the ecosystem of the bay, but also to create value for the local fishermen through conservation.
Alex Jones, a representative of a group of young fishermen from Lyme Regis, told The Guardian that he was excited for the scheme:
‘If we can show that we are fishing sustainably, then we are creating a better product than people who aren’t.’